Understanding Parkinson’s disease hallucinations and delusions Understanding Parkinson’s disease hallucinations and delusions Understanding Parkinson’s disease hallucinations and delusions
Understanding Parkinson’s disease hallucinations and delusions Understanding Parkinson’s disease hallucinations and delusions Understanding Parkinson’s disease hallucinations and delusions

Understanding Parkinson’s disease hallucinations and delusions

You may be aware of symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, like resting tremors and loss of balance. But more than half of people living with Parkinson’s also experience a lesser known part of the disease—hallucinations and delusions.

If you or someone you care for is experiencing these symptoms, you are not alone, and you may be able to get help. Keep reading for more information about living with Parkinson’s hallucinations and delusions.

OVER 50%

of people living with Parkinson’s will experience hallucinations or delusions during the course of their disease.
“They appear out of nowhere. My secret visitors.”
Actor Portrayal

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are not familiar with Parkinson’s disease hallucinations and delusions, you are not alone. While the exact cause is not fully understood, there can be various causes of these symptoms. Talk to your Parkinson’s specialist about symptoms you are experiencing. He or she can help you better understand your risk factors and possible treatment options.

HALLUCINATIONS
Seeing, hearing, or experiencing things that aren’t real
Or
Or
DELUSIONS
Believing things that aren’t true

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Parkinson’s hallucinations and delusions may take many forms, such as experiencing things that aren’t real or believing things that aren’t based in reality. Common descriptions may include:
SEEING THINGS
HEARING THINGS
SMELLING THINGS
HAVING FALSE
BELIEFS
FEELING OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY
FEELING PARANOID
Early signs of hallucinations and delusions related to Parkinson’s should not be ignored. They can worsen over time, and it gets harder for the people who experience them to identify whether or not what they are experiencing is real.
Drew, a caregiver to his wife Nora, learned about hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s for the first time when Nora saw people in their home who weren’t really there.

HOW TO GET HELP

Talking to a Parkinson’s specialist is the best way to fully understand all parts of living with Parkinson’s—even the ones not everyone can see. Starting the conversation may be difficult, but it’s important. Here are a few resources that may help you get started.
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