By Joseph Friedman MD
Whereas sufferers and households are conscious of the actual demanding situations that accompany Parkinson’s affliction, few are ready for the typical behavioral matters that influence their caliber of existence, together with melancholy, nervousness, dementia, paranoid delusions, and sleep problems. This publication, the one certainly one of its type, focuses totally on a space that almost all medical professionals disregard. Written in layman’s phrases, it is helping readers comprehend and deal with a large choice of Parkinson’s-related behavioral concerns and provides counsel on speaking with the healthcare group.
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Head-injured people may become quite different. Because personality is a characteristic of the brain, brain changes, for good or bad, may alter it. Most brain changes are, of course, bad. And, good or bad, personality changes that develop from brain disease, rather than from worldly experience, are less likely to improve things. Even if personality is altered by the pathology of PD itself, that is, the decline in brain cells causes the personality change, the ultimate change that we see reflects the base personality core of the Personality 17 individual and its blending of the brain changes to the other aspects of personality.
I typed a transcription of the interviews and showed one to the other. The second patient concluded that the first patient had exactly described what he himself felt. More surprising to me was that I showed this man four transcripts of inter views with other patients to get explanations of fatigue, and although each seemed quite different to me, this PD patient thought they were all the same—and, more importantly, all like his. I was, and remain, quite flummoxed by this. What was I missing? I didn’t know then, and I am still working on it.
Before the onset of the disease) personality traits of PD patients tried to estimate the earlier personality by asking spouses to fill out a questionnaire concerning behavior five years before the onset of the disease. Because patients had PD on average for close to six years before these interviews, spouses had to describe personality traits going back 11 or more years earlier, which was obviously a ripe source for error. Nevertheless there were differences between the PD patients and the non-PD control group of the same age and gender distribution.
Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior: Coping with Parkinson's Disease by Joseph Friedman MD