The premorbid personality of patients with Parkinson’s disease
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.
KeywordsGeriatric Depression Scale Conceptual Shift Geriatric Depression Scale Score Dopaminergic Dysfunction Present Personality
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