Understanding the challenges
Regardless of the severity, hallucinations or delusions can bring about a new set of challenges, impacting people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their caregivers, and their loved ones.
MORE THAN MOTOR SYMPTOMS
People who develop non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s like hallucinations or delusions often have to deal with a broader set of challenges and they can be more troublesome than motor symptoms in terms of quality of life.
CHANGES AT HOME
Hallucinations and delusions can increase the distress of people with Parkinson’s and the people who care for them.
LOSING TOUCH WITH REALITY
As hallucinations or delusions progress, the people who experience them may lose the ability to identify whether or not what they’re experiencing is real.
It’s not surprising that Parkinson’s disease hallucinations and delusions can also present emotional issues for everyone involved. PD-related hallucinations and delusions can cause emotional distress and increased burden for the caregiver. It’s important to remember that these symptoms are part of the disease.
It’s become harder and harder to know what’s real, and what’s a hallucination.*
*Based on experiences shared by a person living with Parkinson’s disease psychosis.