Non-Motor Symptoms in PD - Overview

Parkinson's Disease is characterized by motor symptoms and non-motor symptoms.  Non-motor symptoms may include anxietyapathycognitive problems, constipation, depression, fatigue, hallucinations and delusions (psychosis), incontinence, low blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension), pain, sexual dysfunction, sleep problems, speech and swallowing problems (dysphagia), sweating and temperature regulationvision problems, etc.

Here are some general overviews of non-motor symptoms in PD.

Podcasts & Webinars

Podcasts & Webinars

Non-motor Symptoms

By Parkinson Rockies, April 8, 2020

In this 1-hour webinar, Caroline Goldin, MD, and Teresa Lee, MD, discussed the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and how to address these symptoms should they arise.

Non-motor Symptoms: What’s New?

By the Parkinson’s Foundation, January 15, 2019

In this 1-hour webinar, neurologist Dr. Ronald Pfeiffer helps listeners recognize various non-motor symptoms that may be present years before classic motor features of PD appear and certainly continue throughout the disease process.  In fact, non-motor symptoms are frequently the most troublesome symptoms of PD as it advances.  Treatments other than traditional PD medications may be the most effective way to relieve non-motor symptoms. 

Parkinson’s Disease - Approach to Non Motor Symptoms

By Panorama Patient Network, 2017

In this 24-minute video, neurologist Matt Stern, MD, discusses non-motor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, including urinary problems, constipation, sleep problems, mood and cognitive challenges.  In the second half of the video, psychiatrist Daniel Weintraub, MD, explains psychiatric issues, including anxiety, depression, and compulsive behaviors.

The PD You Don't See: Cognitive and Non-Motor Symptoms

By the Davis Phinney Foundation, June 14, 2016

In this 26 minute video, Joanne Hamilton, PhD, ABPP-CN, explains common non-motor symptoms in PD and how to distinguish symptoms caused by Parkinson’s from those caused by medications. 

Treatments and Medications for Non-Motor Symptoms

By the Davis Phinney Foundation, November 2021

In this 1-hour webinar, movement disorder specialist Aaron Haug, MD, shares some common misconceptions about using PD medications, strategies for choosing medication, side effects of the most common medications, and recent developments in treatment options for non-motor symptoms, including constipation, nausea, drooling, overactive bladder, orthostatic hypotension, depression, anxiety, REM behavior disorder, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, restless legs, cognition, hallucinations, pain and dandruff.

Last updated August 2020 by Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach