Impulse Control

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For people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), managing the disease often comes down to a daily balance of dopamine — the neurotransmitter that is lost in PD. The challenge is to work with dopamine replacement therapies to find the right levels of dopamine. Dopamine medications have improved life for millions of people, but researchers believe that some people with PD on these medications can develop impulse control disorders (ICDs) — unhealthy levels of gambling, shopping, eating and sexual activity.

For more insights on this topic, listen to our podcast episode “Clinical Issues Behind Impulse Control Disorders” and “How to Talk about Impulse Control Disorders.”


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