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Parkinson’s Disease and Anxiety

Walsh, K. & Bennett, G. (2001) Parkinson’s Disease and Anxiety , 77, 88-93

These investigators provide a general overview of the prevalence, pathophysiology, laterality, medication effects, comorbidity, and management of anxiety in patients with PD. They discuss that all types of anxiety have been found with PD, but the most common diagnoses are panic disorder, phobic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder areas. There is also a higher prevalence of comorbid anxiety and depression in PD patients than compared to healthy controls. It is unclear if anxiety in PD is related to a neurochemical change or a maladaptive response to the disease. The article suggests there are still quite a few uncertainties between anxiety and PD and that more research needs to be conducted.

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