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

What You Need to Know

There are two types of Parkinson’s symptoms

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the central nervous system. The signs and symptoms of it can vary from person to person, but generally fall into two types: motor symptoms and non-motor symptoms.

“I never knew that seeing things could be part of my Parkinson’s.”
MOTOR
SYMPTOMS
  • Muscle Tremors
  • Slowness of Movement
  • Rigid Muscles
  • Trouble with Balance
NON-MOTOR
SYMPTOMS
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Loss of mental sharpness
  • Drooling
  • Insomnia and vivid dreams
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sweating and body aches
  • Vision problems and dizziness
  • HALLUCINATIONS AND DELUSIONS

WHAT ARE HALLUCINATIONS AND DELUSIONS?

Hallucinations and delusions are non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Over the course of their disease, over 50% of people with Parkinson’s will experience these symptoms, which are often defined as:

HALLUCINATIONS

Seeing, hearing, or experiencing things that aren’t real

Seeing things
Hearing things
Feeling things
Smelling things
Tasting things
Sense of presence
DELUSIONS

Believing things that aren’t true

Thinking someone is trying to harm, steal from or deceive you
Believing your loved one is being unfaithful
Thinking a song or TV show is speaking to you directly
“Sometimes I can’t tell what’s real versus what’s imagined.”
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