Parkinson's disease is conventionally characterised by its motor symptoms in the form of resting tremors and rigidity. However, over the years, it has been increasingly recognised that motor symptoms are just the tip of the iceberg of its varied manifestations. In this article, Mental Health Today examines the interplay and intertwining of the neurological, psychiatric, and psychological symptoms that typify the experience of this condition. As well as exploring what evidence-based therapeutic interventions mental health professionals can provide to a client with Parkinson's.
In 1817, the first description of Parkinson’s disease (PD) was detailed in the essay ‘The shaking palsy’ authored by James Parkinson. Even then, over 200 years ago, it was identified as a disorder with multiple physical and psychological symptoms – motor, cognitive, and emotional manifestations.
Like other neurodegenerative diseases, PD occurs when nerve cells in the brain or peripheral nervous system lose function over time and ultimately cease to function. In PD, this cell impairment and death lead to a reduction in the production of the chemical dopamine; this neurotransmitter plays several critical roles in cells, such as regulating the body's movements and in a person’s emotional responses.
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