Psychiatric Manifestations of Parkinson's Disease and Its Treatment

Originally presented on July 20, 2017

Guy J. Schwartz, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology
Stony Brook University Medical Center

Despite the fact that the psychiatric symptoms of Parkinson’s disease have been well described and that non-motor comorbidities are often the most distressing symptoms to Parkinson's patients, they are not widely known among the broad spectrum of medical and public health professionals who interact with these patients. Furthermore, development of therapeutic treatments for the psychiatric symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are lagging behind in comparison to other areas of interest in this disease. This is compounded by an increasing appreciation of the adverse psychiatric effects resulting from recent therapies for Parkinson’s disease. Educating providers about the growing body of evidence on the rare adverse effects that may result from the complex interaction between the organic brain disease and its treatment will provide the learner with the knowledge base necessary to recognize and, where possible, mitigate the psychiatric symptoms of the disease.

This webcast will educate medical and public health professionals about the psychiatric symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, in particular the complex interaction between the organic brain disease and its treatment, so they may understand how to best recognize the psychiatric symptoms encountered in this disease, employ strategies to reduce risk factors and develop the most appropriate treatment paradigms.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the biologic underpinnings of psychiatric symptoms of Parkinson’s disease;
  • Identify at least three strategies to reduce the psychiatric adverse effects resulting from treatment for the disease; and
  • Describe the impact on quality of life and care-giver burden resulting from the psychiatric symptoms of the disease.

Target Audience:
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers health educators and other health professionals working in local health departments, hospitals and clinics and those in community-based settings, senior care facilities and any other population-based settings that interact with people impacted by Parkinson's disease.

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits:
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test & Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

Dr. Schwartz is a consultant for Allergan.

The other planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until July 31, 2020.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until July 31, 2020.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until July 31, 2020. 

Social Work

University at Albany, School of Social Welfare, Social Work Continuing Education Program is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers - #0011

The activity is approved for 1 Contact Hour.

Social Work Contact Hours are available until July 31, 2020.