People with Parkinson’s disease may experience sensory misperceptions (hallucinations or illusions) or false beliefs (delusions). These tend to occur more in the later stages of the disease, and they can be mild and non-threatening or severe. Dr. Martha Nance, director of the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence at the Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Minneapolis, explains the causes of these symptoms, gives examples of how people with Parkinson’s might experience them and discusses coping mechanisms and considerations for medical management. The most important step in dealing with these phenomena? Talk about it.
- Do You See What I See? Hallucinations and Parkinson’s (podcast)
- Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis: Hallucinations, Delusions and Paranoia (webinar)
- Psychosis (book)
- Understanding Parkinson’s: Hallucinations and Delusions
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About This Episode
Released: February 27, 2018
Martha Nance, MD
Dr. Nance graduated from Yale University and the Medical College of Virginia and completed training in Neurology and in Clinical Genetics at the University of Minnesota. She has been the Medical Director of Struthers Parkinson’s Center, a Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence, since 2000, and also directs the Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence at Hennepin County Medical Center. She has been involved in clinical research in Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease for many years, and has written or edited a number of clinical guides for patients and caregivers on ataxia and Huntington’s disease. She is thinking it is time to write her clinical guide to Parkinson’s disease, but is waiting for a spare moment between patients to set pen to paper!