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The premorbid personality of patients with Parkinson’s disease

An early sign of their disease?
  • W. Poewe
  • F. Gerstenbrand
  • E. Karamat
  • B. Schmidhuber-Eiler
Conference paper
Part of the Key Topics in Brain Research book series (KEYTOPICS)

Summary

A total of 85 patients with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease have been tested for characteristic premorbid personality features. In three different studies with varying test methods patients consistently appeared more introverted, depressed, rigid and inflexible than age-matched controls. It is suggested that together with impairment of conceptual shift and mental slowing found in early stages of Parkinson’s disease these premorbid personality traits might represent early signs of brain dopaminergic dysfunction.

Keywords

Geriatric Depression Scale Conceptual Shift Geriatric Depression Scale Score Dopaminergic Dysfunction Present Personality 
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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Poewe
    • 1
  • F. Gerstenbrand
    • 1
  • E. Karamat
    • 1
  • B. Schmidhuber-Eiler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity of InnsbruckAustria

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