First AND-PD paper published! The experience of anxiety for people with Parkinson’s disease.
We are delighted to announce we have published our first peer-reviewed paper! AND-PD researchers Emma Blundell, Laura Grover, Joshua Stott and Anette Schrag at University College London have published the results of their qualitative study exploring how anxiety is experienced by people with Parkinson's (PWP).
To date, little research has explored the lived experience of anxiety for PWP. A better understanding of how anxiety is perceived by PWP is important to better detect, prevent and treat anxiety as a co-morbidity of Parkinson's disease (PD), since these perceptions are likely to affect the probability of PWP to seek help, communication with healthcare professionals and the management of anxiety over time.
The experiences reported by PWP were diverse, but many perceived anxiety to be more incapacitating than the motor symptoms of PD and felt that anxiety restricted their lifestyle. Most were more keen to learn to accept and cope with anxiety rather than taking medication for it.
Full details of the study which is published in Nature Parkinson's Disease may be found here