Parkinson’s Disease

Approach to Non-Motor Symptoms

Parkinson’s disease (PD) was first described as the “shaking palsy.” But reducing this complex neurological condition to tremors and motor symptoms alone is misleading. In this video, Dr. Stern discusses nonmotor symptoms associated with PD, including urinary problems, constipation, and sleep problems. He also addresses mood and cognitive challenges. In the second half of the video, Dr. Weintraub explains a number of psychiatric issues, including anxiety, depression, and compulsive behaviors.

Approach to Non-Motor Symptoms

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Patient questions
  • As I am already taking medications to deal with my motor symptoms, is it ok to take additional medications to deal with non-motor symptoms?
  • When is it time to seek more advanced treatment?
  • Can you direct me to somebody who has experience in psychotherapy?
  • What is the right time to talk with my employer about my PD? Do you foresee me being disabled / no longer able to carry out my current profession in the next five years?
  • Does my PD put me at increased risk for dementia?
Points you might want to raise during the discussion with your doctor
  • From the following list, make sure to mention any symptom that you have on your mind:
    • Dizziness / sense of spinning
    • Sleep disorder
    • Constipation
    • Anxiety or depression
    • Feeling over-whelmed, inability to multi-task
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • Compulsive behaviors
  • Frequency of urination
  • Tell your doctor which of these symptoms have the biggest impact on your quality of life
Treatment of
Motor Fluctuations
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Parkinson’s