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17th July 2014 - New research
SOCIAL PHOBIAS ARE COMMON IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Disease and Treatment  10 : 829-834 (B.K.Gultekin, B.Ozdilek, E.E.
Researchers aimed to investigate the frequency of social phobias in
people with Parkinson's Disease. They also explored the relationship between
social phobia and the characteristics of Parkinson's Disease, and the
frequency of other psychiatric disorders in Parkinson's Disease.
phobia (Social anxiety disorder) is a persistent fear about social
situations and being around people. Much more than just shyness it can
causes intense, overwhelming fear over what may just be an everyday activity
like shopping or speaking on the phone. People affected by it may fear doing
or saying something they think will be humiliating. For more information go
Social phobia was
diagnosed in 42% of people with Parkinson's Disease. Of those, 58% also had
depression, 53% also had anxiety, and 17% also had panic disorders.
Social phobia was more frequent in : males, early-onset Parkinson's Disease,
people with a long duration of Parkinson's Disease, the presence of postural
instability, and with the use of a high L-dopa intakes.
is frequently observed in Parkinson's Disease. Therefore, the researchers
suggest that the assessment of people with Parkinson's Disease patients
should always include psychiatric evaluations, particularly for social
phobia. For more news go to
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