In one survey, 88 percent of Parkinson's disease patients reported troubling non-movement symptoms and if not recognized as part of Parkinson's disease and treated accordingly, these symptoms can have a severe impact on a person's life, says the Harvard Women's Health Watch.
The newsletter urges those with Parkinson's disease to talk to their neurologists if they experience:
-- Depression, which affects more than half of people with Parkinson's disease and is increasingly recognized as a symptom of the disease itself, not simply a response to having a chronic illness.
-- Cognitive problems; dementia occurs in an estimated 40 percent of people with Parkinson's disease, six times higher the rate than in the general population.
-- Hallucinations and delusions; at least 20 percent of people with Parkinson's disease develop hallucinations or delusions.
-- Sexual problems; women sometimes report decreased libido, vaginal tightness and loss of the ability to achieve orgasm.
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