Psychotherapy With Persons With Parkinson’s Disease


Bates Freed, E. (2019). Psychotherapy with persons with Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Health Service Psychology, 45, 91–95.


Parkinson’s disease is most recognized by its motor symptoms, but it also triggers a vast array of neuropsychological symptoms that can be targets for nonpharmacological, as well as pharmacological, therapeutic interventions. Individuals with Parkinson’s disease will generally struggle with anxiety, depression, and cognitive difficulties as well as issues of preservation of core identity, purpose, and meaning as the disease progresses. These are all reasonable targets to address in psychotherapy.

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