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European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience

, 258:55

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Psychiatric symptoms in Parkinson’s disease

  • Frank SchneiderAffiliated withDept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen JARA, Translational Brain Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen Email author 
  • , Astrid AlthausAffiliated withDept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen Institute for Research in Operative Medicine (IFOM), University of Witten-Herdecke
  • , Volker BackesAffiliated withDept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen JARA, Translational Brain Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen
  • , Richard DodelAffiliated withDept. of Neurology, Philipps-University Marburg

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Abstract

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder which is often reduced to a mere dysfunction of motor performance. Non-motor symptoms, however, are frequent impairments in PD and result in a major impact on the patients and their caregivers. The major neuropsychiatric comorbidities depression, anxiety, and psychotic symptoms are briefly discussed. Additionally, a brief outlook on deep brain stimulation and its effect on psychiatric symptoms is provided. Several studies did show that neuropsychiatric symptoms are underdiagnosed and consecutively treated inadequately. All in all more attention should be directed to the detection and treatment of psychiatric symptoms in PD patients in routine clinical settings.

Keywords

Parkinson’s disease depression anxiety psychosis hallucinations quality of life deep brain stimulation