Podcast Episode 118: Managing Mental Health Problems with Parkinson’s Disease

PD Library thumbnail

People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may experience mental health problems, such as depression, apathy, and anxiety more frequently than the general population. Psychosis, such as delusions or hallucinations, may occur as part of the disease or from medications used to treat it. Fortunately, these conditions are treatable if recognized. Unfortunately, clinicians may not screen for them, and therefore, the problems may be missed. In addition, people with PD may come to their clinic visits with a list of physical problems, so they may not make mental health a priority.

In this episode, geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Mary Hart Bryan of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, explains some of the mental health conditions that people with PD may experience, and she emphasizes the importance of recognizing these conditions and seeing the proper health care professional for treating them, using psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, or combinations of these approaches. She shares how care partners, too, often have mental health needs that should be recognized and addressed.

Download This Episode

Related Resources

About This Episode

Released: December 14, 2021

Headshot of Dr. Mary Hart BryanMary Hart Bryan, MD

Mary Hart Bryan, MD is an assistant professor in geriatric psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She completed her medical degree at MUSC, psychiatry residency at UNC Chapel Hill where she also served as chief resident, and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at MUSC. She is board certified in geriatric psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Bryan is the assistant director of the geriatric psychiatry fellowship and clinical director of the geriatric psychiatry outpatient clinic. She enjoys teaching residents and training fellows in the field of geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Bryan works in long term care facilities including skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care.  She often treats patients in these settings who have movement disorders and overlying neuropsychiatric symptoms. She is part of the MUSC neurology interdisciplinary clinic which is a multidisciplinary team that evaluates patients with movement disorders. She often gives talks on mental health issues related to Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders at educational events. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Want More?

Don't forget to subscribe! There are many ways to listen: Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayTuneIn (Amazon Echo), Spotify or RSS Feed. (Need help subscribing? See our quick guide.)

For all of our Substantial Matters podcast episodes, visit parkinson.org/podcast.

X
 

Sign Up for Our E-Newsletter

Get the latest news about PD research, resources and community initiatives – straight to your inbox.

Please enter a valid email

Skip step



Invalid year format. Eg: 2020
Skip step
Skip step


*Please note that not all content is available in both languages. If you are interested in receiving Spanish communications, we recommend selecting “both" to stay best informed on the Foundation's work and the latest in PD news.

Skip step

Thanks for Signing Up

We are proud to have you as a part of our community. To ensure you receive the latest Parkinson’s news, research updates and more, please check your email for a message from us. If you do not see our email, it may be in your spam folder. Just mark as “not spam” and you should receive our emails as expected.

mail icon

Subscribe here to get the latest news on treatments, research and other updates.