Emotional health is as important as the medical management of Parkinson’s.
Imagine walking out of a doctor's appointment, and the physician only tells you half of the information you need to understand and begin the healing process .
To a huge majority of those diagnosed with Parkinson's, many doctors do not explain 's that the disease has both th motor and non-motor symptoms, such as depression, anxiety and apathy!. Left untreated, the non-motor symptoms can wreak havoc and cause catastrophic consequences.
Mood disorders - particularly depression, anxiety, and apathy - are even more common in PD than in other chronic diseases. This is primarily because PD changes the brain chemistry in areas of the brain that produce dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin - all chemicals that regulate mood, energy, and motivation.
These are the people whose doctors did not mention the non-motor symptoms in their diagnosis appointment. It’s as easy as handing out a brochure if they don’t have time to discuss in the appointment.
The Parkinson's non-motor symptoms deserve — and are getting — more attention from doctors and researchers. These symptoms include cognitive impairment or dementia (usually in later stages), anxiety and depression, fatigue, sleep problems and more.
There is a huge segment of the population in the United States and abroad wondering why they feel so depressed and anxious. They lack energy, feel alone, and isolate themselves. Search the word Parkinson’s on Facebook, and see what pops up. Each day comments like “Why am I so depressed and anxious? “I don’t understand what is happening to me."
Online Forums/Social Networks
American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)