Behavioral Health Sciences
Neurodegenerative Disease (e.g. MS, Parkinson’s disease)
For those with PD and atypical parkinsonism, not only are there increased feelings of isolation, economic stressors, and grief or loss, psychological stressors directly related to symptoms of parkinsonism can be exacerbated. Increased levels of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic may have several short-term and long-term consequences for individuals with parkinsonism. When considering vulnerability of individuals with parkinsonism to psychological distress, particularly related to functional decline, understanding factors of resilience and specific coping strategies on physical and mental quality of life is of great importance. This symposium will address 1. the current literature on behavioral health profiles for individuals with PD and atypical PD, 2. the patient perspective pertaining to stressors, resilience, and adaptive coping behaviors, and 3. implications for intra-, inter- and transdisciplinary behavioral health intervention.