Understanding psychosis as a symptom of Parkinson’s Disease

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Neurologist Dr. Toni de Marcadia with Hartford Healthcare and patient Michelle Hespler start a conversation about psychosis and Parkinson’s Disease.

The presence of hallucinations and delusions may now be perceived by the general public to be the norm in Parkinson’s disease. An advertisement on television that started airing in 2018 portrayed people with PD as someone who is seeing things and having delusional thoughts. A statistic of 50% was given as the likelihood of someone with Parkinson’s disease developing these abnormal visions and thoughts in his/her lifetime. However, the majority of people with Parkinson’s disease will never develop hallucinations or delusions as portrayed in this advertisement. Dr. Toni de Marcadia points out that patients patients at Hartford Healthcare continue to live full and productive lives.

Hartford Healthcare now has a new medication, Nuplazid, to treat psychosis in PD. It is the first FDA approved medication for this condition. Other medications that may have been used in the past, are actually treatments for schizophrenia, and are absolutely contraindicated in Parkinson’s disease.

The  2nd Annual Stars Dancing for Parkinson’s takes place on Friday, May 10th, at the Hartford Marriot Downtown. All the proceeds benefit the Hartford Healthcare Ayer Neuroscience Institute.

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