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Impulse Control Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease: A 20-year Odyssey

Citation: Weintraub, D. (2019). Impulse control disorders in Parkinson’s disease: A 20‐year odyssey. Movement Disorders.

Impulse Control Disorders (ICDs) are behavioral problems resulting from a person’s difficulty with or inability to resist the drive to behave in ways that result in distress or significant negative impact on mental and physical health, quality of life and relationships. In Parkinson’s disease (PD), ICDs are closely related to use of dopaminergic medications, and most commonly include pathological gambling (PG), excessive spending, hypersexuality, over-eating and compulsive medication use. Individuals can have more than one ICD concurrently (American Parkinson’s Disease Association).

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