Mood and Behavior
Depression, anxiety, apathy, impulsivity control problems, obsessive behaviors, and social withdrawal are just a few of the behavioral concerns experienced by some with Parkinson’s. Depression and anxiety can also be a significant problem for care partners and contribute to caregiver burnout. In this section you will learn more about these mood changes and their cause.
For some these changes are part of the Parkinson's disease, other medical conditions or can be caused by medications. Parkinson's and aging itself is associated with bodily changes and changes in functional ability that can be felt as a struggle and loss. For some mood changes can occur as the result of fear, uncertainty, changing roles, feelings of loss of control and relationships changes that occur time.
You can feel well with Parkinson's!
Gaining a better understanding of the signs and symptoms of these conditions is the first step in treatment. Fortunately these problems are treatable. There are many personal and lifestyle changes you can take toward understanding and improving behavioral and emotional changes that can occur in Parkinson’s or in response to the many life changes experienced by you and your loved ones.
Author: Monique Giroux, MD