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Learn the signs of Parkinson’s disease–related
hallucinations and
delusions

Learn the signs of Parkinson’s disease–related hallucinations and delusions

 

What Are the Signs?

Learn the signs of Parkinson’s disease–related
hallucinations and
delusions

Learn the signs of Parkinson’s disease–related hallucinations and delusions

 
 

What you can look for

Below are videos of people whose lives have been impacted by Parkinson’s disease (PD)–related hallucinations and delusions.
They may help you understand your own experiences.*

*Individual experiences may vary.

 

Hallucinations

Seeing, hearing, or experiencing things that others don’t.

Seeing things
Smelling things
Sense of presence
Hearing things
Tasting things
Feeling things
 

Yvette’s experience with hallucinations

 

Yvette speaks with her neurologist, Dr. Friedman, and the head nurse from her assisted living facility about her experiences with PD-related hallucinations.

Click to play Yvette's experience with Parkinson's-related hallucinations
 
 

Hallucinations

Seeing, hearing, or experiencing things that others don’t.

Seeing things
 
 
Hearing things
 
 
Smelling things
 
 
Tasting things
 
 
Sense of presence
 
 
Feeling things
 
 
Click to play Yvette's experience with Parkinson's-related hallucinations

Yvette’s experience with hallucinations

Yvette speaks with her neurologist, Dr. Friedman, and the head nurse from her assisted living facility about her experiences with PD-related hallucinations.

 
 

Delusions

Believing things that are not true.

 

Thinking someone is trying to harm, steal from, or deceive you

 
 
 

Believing that your loved one is being unfaithful

 
 
 

Thinking a song or TV show is speaking to you directly

 
Click to play Patty and Bruce's story

Patty and Bruce’s experience with delusions

Patty and her husband, Bruce, speak with his neurologist, Dr. Friedman, about the PD-related hallucinations and delusions he is experiencing.

 
 

These symptoms can progress over time

PD-related hallucinations and delusions may present differently in each person. As symptoms progress, some individuals may no longer understand that what they perceive or believe is not real.

 
 
 
 

The challenges of living with Parkinson’s disease–related hallucinations and delusions

 

If you are living with PD-related hallucinations and delusions or caring for someone experiencing these symptoms—it’s important to talk to a Parkinson’s specialist. They rely on hearing from you or your caregiver. PD-related hallucinations and delusions may present new challenges, and a PD specialist can help you navigate them.

 

Challenges you may experience

 

Changes at home

Hallucinations and delusions may increase the need for additional assistance and support at home

Losing touch with reality

The symptoms can worsen over time. It gets harder for people with PD-related hallucinations and delusions to know what they experience or believe is real or not

Emotional challenges

Both the person experiencing PD-related hallucinations and delusions and their caregiver can experience emotional distress

 
 
 

Ready to speak to a Parkinson’s specialist?

 

While the exact cause of PD-related hallucinations and delusions are not understood, you are not alone in this journey.

Locate a Parkinson’s specialist so they can help you understand what you or your loved one is experiencing and explore treatment options.