Anxiety in Parkinson’s Disease

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Did you know that anxiety is a common symptom of Parkinson’s disease? The good news is that there are strategies that people with PD can use to cope with its debilitating effects. Learn more about this under­-recognized symptom by joining a one-­hour online seminar led by PDF and Joseph H. Friedman, M.D., Director, Movement Disorders Program, Butler Hospital and Professor and Chief, Division of Movement Disorders, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University.

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Learning Objectives: 
  • Learn to recognize the symptoms of anxiety in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Understand that anxiety in Parkinson’s is both part of the disease and its pathology and a reaction to living with it.
  • Find practical strategies for easing the effects of anxiety.
  • Review the treatment options for anxiety in Parkinson’s disease, and discuss the lack of evidence­-based treatment recommendations.
Joseph H. Friedman , M.D. , Director of the Movement Disorders Program, Butler Hospital and Professor and Chief, Division of Movement Disorders, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI


As a movement disorder specialist, Dr. Friedman specializes in caring for people with Parkinson’s disease. He is also active in Parkinson’s disease research. For instance, he is currently studying both fatigue in Parkinson's and the behavioral aspects of the disease. In fact, in 2014, as part of the PDF Community Choice Research Awards, he co-­chaired a conference studying fatigue in Parkinson’s disease. He also works collaboratively with Butler's psychiatrists and psychologists on treatment and research addressing behavioral aspects of movement disorders.

Dr. Friedman is an active member in the Parkinson Study Group and participates in several other research studies. A fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Friedman serves on the editorial board of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders and is editor-­in­-chief of Medicine & Health, Rhode Island. He was a member of the National Institute of Health's committees to define depression and psychosis in Parkinson's and was chosen by the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society to help evaluate rating scales for fatigue and psychosis.

Dr. Friedman has also authored or co-authored over 400 papers, abstracts, and books for people with PD including Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior: Coping With Parkinson's Disease.

Dr. Friedman received his medical degree from Columbia University Medical Center and performed his neurology residency at Columbia’s Neurological Institute.  He obtained his bachelor of arts in mathematics at the University of Chicago and his master’s in mathematics at Washington University.

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This series has been made possible by educational grants from AbbVie, Inc., Sunovion and Lundbeck LLC.

It is designed in collaboration with Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS); Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS); Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF); the Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF); Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC); Parkinson Association of the Rockies (PAR); Parkinson's Association (PA) and Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana (PSCKY).