Psychiatric Manifestations of Parkinson's Disease and Its Treatment

Originally presented on July 20, 2017

Guest:
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.


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