Information on Parkinson's Disease

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Can Parkinson's Disease psychologically affect a person?

Information on Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease is a chronic, progressive disease, which means that, as time goes on, the symptoms of the disease become more advanced. Because some patients have problems with psychological adjustment to the diagnosis, additional difficulties can manifest:

  • Persistent high levels of anxiety
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Social withdrawal
  • Inability to tolerate frustration
  • Anger
  • Depression
If a patient is suffering from the psychological changes, he or she should speak to a doctor regarding treatment of both the disease itself and the psychological issues.

Patients with Parkinson's Disease have motor function degradation and loss because the brain does not produce enough dopamine, which is what keeps the joints lubricated. In addition to physical and psychological treatments, drug treatment is available. Drug treatment aims to produce dopamine, and while it won't make the disease go away, it will have a considerably favorable effect on the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.



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