“I was sitting alone in our room when my husband came in and asked why so many people were in the house.”
WHY DO SOME PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON’S EXPERIENCE HALLUCINATIONS AND DELUSIONS?
The exact cause of Parkinson’s hallucinations and delusions is unknown. In general, hallucinations and delusions are thought to be a part of the natural progression of Parkinson’s and/or a side effect of some dopamine therapies.
There’s no way to accurately predict which patients will develop Parkinson’s hallucinations or delusions, but there are a number of risk factors:
Duration and severity of Parkinson’s
Certain medications that increase dopamine levels
THE CHALLENGES OF LIVING WITH PARKINSON’S HALLUCINATIONS AND DELUSIONS
If you are living with hallucinations and delusions related to Parkinson’s—or caring for someone experiencing these symptoms—it’s important to talk to a Parkinson’s specialist. These non-motor symptoms may come with additional challenges, and a Parkinson’s specialist can help you learn how to navigate them.
CHANGES AT HOME
Hallucinations and delusions can be stressful for both the person experiencing them as well as their caregiver. These symptoms may also increase the need for additional assistance and support.
LOSING TOUCH WITH REALITY
Hallucinations and delusions can worsen over time, and it gets harder for the people who experience them to know whether or not what they are experiencing is real.
Use this tool from Partners in Parkinson’s to find a Movement Disorder Specialist near you. These specialists are neurologists who have received additional training in movement disorders like Parkinson’s.