Beyond Tremors: Psychosis Can Also Affect People With Parkinson’s Disease
When you think of Parkinson’s disease, you may think first of the tremors and other motor effects that affect people, like stiff muscles or a tendency to shuffle when walking. A non-motor symptom known as psychosis, or Parkinson’s disease-associated psychosis, also affects many–but not all–people living for years with Parkinson’s disease. Psychosis symptoms affect as many as 50% of people who’ve had Parkinson’s disease for at least 10 years. The psychosis can be mild, severe, or somewhere in between. Sometimes the symptoms are triggered by medications taken to manage the symptoms, so it’s important to alert a doctor if you notice any of these occurring.