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Psychiatric Symptoms Linked to Parkinson’s Disease
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who bid adieu to this world on June 3, 2016, was suffering from a
respiratory illness which took a complicated turn due to Parkinson's disease (PD), a health issue he was
afflicted with since 1984.
PD is a debilitating condition which can be chronic and progressive with its symptoms worsening over
time. Approximately 1 million people are living with PD in the United States. There is no permanent cure
for the disease at the moment. Thus, people have to manage its symptoms with medication and surgery.
Muhammad Ali was not the only famous face of the disease, Michael J. Fox, Hollywood heartthrob of
yesteryears, has also been dealing with the problem. However, he is still leading a happy and normal life.
disease as there is a
with it. Disorders like
dementia are closely
linked to PD.
Several studies have
symptoms are often
are, therefore, treated
hope that since there is
a direct correlation between brain dysfunction and psychiatric symptoms, the understanding of the
behavioral aspects of PD will help in further understanding of psychiatric illnesses.
Approximately 40 percent people with PD are depressed and half of them meet the criteria of a major
depression, while the rest meet the criteria of mild depression. In fact, depression is one of the most
common neuropsychiatric dysfunctions found in PD. Depression holds a greater significance in
comorbidity with PD because it is associated with greater decline in cognitive skills and inability to care
for oneself, responding poorly to the treatment, and poor quality of life and higher caregiver distress.
Actually, when compared with motor disability of PD, depression is found to be more predictive of overall
disability and distress. Even the symptoms found in both the diseases are similar. Signs like poor sleep,
decreased energy, psychomotor retardation and poor concentration, which are looked at while
diagnosing depression in a patient, are also found in nearly all patients with PD. According to experts,
though the usual screening methods could be helpful, a targeted interview focusing on mood is equally
Dementia is not a specific type of disease. It's an overall term that includes a gamut of symptoms
associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills which can reduce a person’s ability to perform
everyday chores. PD is also associated with subtle but widespread cognitive impairment.
Some long-term studies of PD patients have revealed that 26 percent of them developed dementia in
about nine years after the onset of PD. The percentage jumped to 52 percent after 13 years and to 78.25
percent after 17 years. It clearly indicated that psychiatric symptoms are very much intrinsic to PD in the
Hence, it calls for more attention in the detection and treatment of psychiatric symptoms in PD patients
in routine clinical settings.
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