Parkinson's Disease Psychosis

Parkinson's Disease Psychosis

Parkinson’s disease psychosis (PDP) is a disorder that affects approximately 40 percent of those with Parkinson’s disease. It can cause delusions, hallucinations, and other psychosis-related problems. These can range from mild to severe; although many people with PDP have mild forms, some may not even be aware that they have the disorder.

The most common symptoms of PDP are visual and auditory hallucinations, delusions, and perceptual disturbances. Visual hallucinations cause a person to see things that are not really there. Auditory hallucinations similarly cause a person to hear things that are not really there. Delusions are fixed and false beliefs that are firmly held despite evidence to the contrary. And perceptual disturbances make things appear distorted or different than they really are.

Common causes of PDP are age, genetics, and other underlying diseases. Age is a major factor, as Parkinson’s disease is most commonly found in those aged 60 and up. Genetics can also play a role, as those with a family history of Parkinson’s are more likely to develop the disorder. In addition, PDP can be triggered by other diseases such as dementia.

There are a few treatments available. The first is to manage underlying diseases or risk factors, if any. The second is to manage the symptoms of PDP using medications such as antipsychotics and antidepressants. Finally, cognitive behavioral therapy can also be used to help those with PDP better manage their symptoms.

PDP can significantly impact the lives of those affected, as it can cause delusions and hallucinations, among other problems. Fortunately, there are treatments available to manage its symptoms. It is important for those with Parkinson’s disease to inform their doctor if they experience any unusual symptoms, as this could be indicative of PDP.