Psychiatric disturbances

Although Parkinson’s disease (PD) is predominantly
characterized by motor features, psychiatric symptoms
are highly prevalent (20 – 40%).
1
They may be inherent
to the disease itself, or occur as a complication of dopa-
minergic medication.
2
Psychiatric complications of ther-
apy are important determinants of mortality, and of qual-
ity of life of both patients and their caregivers. Although Parkinson’s disease (PD) is predominantly characterized by motor features, psychiatric symptoms are highly prevalent (20 – 40%).  They may be inherent to the disease itself, or occur as a complication of dopaminergic medication. Psychiatric complications of therapy are important determinants of mortality, and of quality of life of both patients and their caregivers.

Although Parkinson’s disease (PD) is predominantly characterized by motor features, psychiatric symptoms are highly prevalent (20 – 40%). They may be inherent to the disease itself, or occur as a complication of dopaminergic medication. Psychiatric complications of therapy are important determinants of mortality, and of quality of life of both patients and their caregivers.  

The SCales for Outcomes in PArkinson’s disease-Psychiatric Complications (SCOPA-PC) was developed by modifying the items of the Parkinson Psychosis Rating Scale (PPRS) and including an item on compulsive behavior in PD.