Impulsive and Compulsive Behaviors in Parkinson’s

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

What should you know about impulsive and compulsive behaviors, including gambling, reported in some people living with Parkinson’s?  How can you talk to your doctor about these issues? Find the answers to these questions and more by joining PDF and Daniel Weintraub, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA for a one-hour seminar on the topic.

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Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand the differences and similarities between impulsive and compulsive behaviors.
  • Understand the roles that Parkinson’s itself, Parkinson’s medications, and deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery may play in the expression of impulsive and compulsive behaviors.
  • Recognize when these behaviors become a “disorder” and when it is best to bring these issues to the attention of people with Parkinson’s, loved ones and care providers.
  • Learn different management strategies for the impulsive and compulsive behaviors that become a problem.
Daniel Weintraub , M.D. , Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Neurology, University of Pennsylvania, and Psychiatrist, Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA


A board-certified geriatric psychiatrist, Dr. Weintraub conducts clinical research in the psychiatric and cognitive complications of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer's disease, and is author of more than 100 journal articles, reviews, and book chapters.  He completed a National Institute of Mental Health Career Development Award titled “Depression Diagnosis and Treatment in Parkinson Disease,” and has also been Principal Investigator on grants from the VA, the Institute of Aging at Penn, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and several industry-sponsored studies. 

Dr. Weintraub is on the Editorial Board of Movement Disorders, is on the Executive Committee of the Parkinson Study Group (PSG), has been a member of five Movement Disorder Society (MDS) task forces to revise and make recommendations for the assessment of cognitive and psychiatric symptoms in Parkinson’s disease, and is Chair of the Psychiatry Subgroup of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Common DataElements (CDE) project.  Dr. Weintraub authored an article for PDF’s newsletter on impulsive behaviors and Parkinson’s in 2010.

He completed medical, psychiatry residency, and geriatric psychiatry fellowship training at the University of Maryland.

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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).