About Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis (PDP)

This page includes a fact sheet and a video that can help you better understand PDP, a non-motor aspect of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Hallucinations and delusions are non-motor symptoms. PDP is a common aspect of PD, with around 50 percent of people with PD experiencing hallucinations or delusions over the course of their disease.

Hallucinations and delusions can take many forms, and cause patients with PDP to see or hear things that others do not. The non-motor symptoms of PD may come with additional challenges. Increased caregiver distress and burden, nursing home placement, and increased morbidity and mortality have all been associated with these non-motor symptoms. It’s important to talk to a PD specialist if you or a loved one you are caring for is living with PDP.

Michael and Renee

Michael began to experience hallucinations and delusions seven years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD). In this video, Michael’s wife, Renee, shares their experiences and explains why reporting aspects of PD to a healthcare provider is important.

“We want people to understand that this is part of Parkinson’s, and there’s something you can do about it.” – Renee C.

Renee C., Michael’s wife passed away in late 2017. Michael’s family continues to help support and care for him and his Parkinson’s disease psychosis.