Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Parkinson’s Disease: Psychosocial Aspects

  • Shawn McClintock
  • Matthieu Chansard
  • Mustafa M. Husain
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_1308



Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and is characterized by motoric symptoms of resting tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia, and gait disturbance. The psychosocial aspects of PD involve the interaction of PD symptomatology, psychological development and function, personal relationships, and environmental factors.


Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder that affects approximately between 500,000 and a million Americans of all races and ethnic groups, and 0.3% (5 million) of the world’s population. Pathologically, PD is an inexorably progressive disorder of unknown cause in which neurons of the substantia nigra progressively degenerate resulting in greater degrees of brain dopamine deficiency. In addition, a number of other neuronal pathways degenerate including cholinergic, noradrenergic, and...

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shawn McClintock
    • 1
  • Matthieu Chansard
    • 1
  • Mustafa M. Husain
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryThe University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Columbia University/New York State Psychiaric InstituteDallasUSA