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Non-Motor Symptoms

Parkinson's Disease is characterized by motor symptoms and non-motor symptoms.

Motor symptoms may include instability of posture or balance, gait difficulty, stiffness or rigidity of the arms, legs or neck, general slowness of movement and tremors.

Non-motor symptoms may include anxiety, apathy, cognitive problems, constipation, depression, fatigue, incontinence, orthostatic hypotension, pain, psychosis (hallucinations and delusions) sexual dysfunction, sleep problems, sweating and temperature regulation, etc.

Click on the menu selections on the left for resources on each of the non-motor symptoms covered.

Here are some good general overviews of non-motor symptoms:

Best Online Video

“Parkinson’s Disease - Approach to Non Motor Symptoms”
Published by Panorama Patient Network, 2017
In this 24-minute video, neurologist Matt Stern, MD, discusses non-motor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, including urinary problems, constipation, sleep problems, mood and cognitive challenges.  In the second half of the video, psychiatrist Daniel Weintraub, MD, explains psychiatric issues, including anxiety, depression, and compulsive behaviors.





Last updated by Denise Dagan, Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach, January 2017.


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