Assessment Of Psychological And Cognitive Parameters In Patients With Parkinson’s Disease
Background: Stress and anxiety are the common symptoms experienced by patients. In fact, these things aggravate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. However, the studies related to this area are sparse.
Aims and objectives: The present study was undertaken to assess the psychological and cognitive parameters in patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Materials and methods: A total of thirty patients with Parkinson’s disease were recruited in the present study after obtaining informed consent. Depression, anxiety, and stress were assessed using DASS 21 questionnaire. Spatial and verbal memory test was administered to assess the cognitive parameters of the participants.
Results: The demographic data was not significantly different between the cases and controls. There were significantly higher scores of depression in cases when compared with controls. There were significantly higher scores of anxiety in cases when compared with controls. There were significantly higher scores of stress in cases when compared with controls.
Conclusion: The study results suggest that there were higher levels of depression, anxiety, and stress in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Also, the spatial and verbal memory scores were significantly less. Further, detailed studies are necessary in this area for better understanding and planning the treatment strategies.