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Fatigue, Sleep Disorders and Parkinson's Disease

Originally presented on June 1, 2010
Led by Joseph H. Friedman, M.D.

Many people living with Parkinson's disease (PD) report that sleep disorders and fatigue are some of the most troublesome aspects of the disease.  In this one-hour PD ExpertBriefing, Joseph H. Friedman, M.D., of Brown University, discusses these symptoms and tips for coping with them. 

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Goals for Participants:

  • Provide an understanding of why Parkinson's disease is now considered more than simply a disorder of movement
  • Demonstrate that the most debilitating aspects of PD, in every study of quality of life around the world, are problems such as depression and fatigue
  • Discuss how fatigue, despite being one of the most important problems in PD, has attracted little research interest and is therefore still poorly understood
  • Address the reality that while sleep problems affect 90 percent of with Parkinson’s, it can only sometimes be treated


 Joseph H. Friedman, M.D., presenter for a Parkinson's Disease Foundation PD ExpertBriefing

Joseph H. Friedman, M.D.

Joseph H. Friedman, M.D., is Director of the Movement Disorders Program of Butler Hospital, and Professor and Chief of the Division of Movement Disorders at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, both located in Providence, Rhode Island.  He serves as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Pharmacy of the University of Rhode Island.  Dr. Friedman is also the author of Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior: Coping with Parkinson's Disease, a book published in 2007 for people with Parkinson's, their families and health professionals.

Before arriving in Rhode Island in 1982, Dr. Friedman received his medical degree from Columbia University in New York and performed his neurology residency at Columbia’s Neurological Institute.  He obtained his B.A. in mathematics at the University of Chicago and his M.A. in mathematics at Washington University.  He also served in the Peace Corps as a math teacher in Ghana.
Dr. Friedman has served as Clinical Director of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Information and Referral Center of Rhode Island since 1984, as Editor-in-Chief of Medicine and Health, Rhode Island, the state medical journal since 1999 and is currently on the editorial board of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. He was previously a member of the editorial board of Movement Disorders, and of the Executive Committee of the Parkinson Study Group.


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