Podcast Episode 98: How to Talk about Impulse Control Disorders

It is estimated that about one in six people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) taking dopaminergic medication will develop an impulse control disorder (ICD) sometime during the course of their disease. Such impulsive behaviors may include uncontrolled gambling, eating, shopping, sexual activity, or punding, a purposeless activity in which a person repetitively organizes, sorts, or collects items. ICD’s are more likely to occur in older people on dopamine agonists than in younger people. Some forms of ICD can have devastating outcomes personally or within the family. Fortunately, these adverse effects of the drugs can often be managed well, especially if they are caught early, and in this regard, the family and care partners are key to recognizing and discussing them with the person with PD and the neurologist.

In this podcast, Dr. Gregory Pontone, Director of the Parkinson’s Neuropsychiatry Clinic at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, discusses forms of ICD’s, some means to recognize them, and tools for communicating about them.

Download This Episode

Related Resources

About This Episode

Released: February 9, 2021

gregoryGregory Pontone, MD, MHS

Gregory Pontone, MD, MHS is the director of the Parkinson’s disease Neuropsychiatry Clinic and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. After completing a medicine internship and residency training in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Pontone completed a two-year fellowship in geriatric psychiatry and movement disorders focusing on Parkinson’s disease through the Clinical Research Program of the Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research Center. He also completed a fellowship in Clinical Trial Methods in Neurology sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has an added certification in the specialty of geriatric psychiatry. He serves on the Scientific Review Committee and as the chair of the Cognitive/Psychiatric Working Group for an international consortium of Parkinson's disease researchers, the Parkinson Study Group. He is an associate editorial board member for the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Want More?

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

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.