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.
of people living with Parkinson’s will experience hallucinations or delusions during the course of their disease.
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.
Seeing, hearing, or experiencing things that aren’t real
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:
HAVING FALSE BELIEFS
FEELING OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY
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.