I’m Shelby Cullinan with today’s health news.
Compulsive gambling or eating could have a devastating effect on anyone, but couple that
with someone trying to deal with Parkinson’s disease and there could be tragic outcomes.
Impulse control disorders such as pathological gambling have been linked to medications commonly
prescribed to patients dealing with Parkinson’s disease. Some of the other impulse control
disorders (ICDs) linked to the drugs include compulsive buying, hypersexuality and binge
eating. A previous national study found that 14 percent of Parkinson’s disease patients
experienced at least one ICD. Overall, the disorders are more common in men. Men also
were more likely to engage in the compulsive gambling and hypersexuality, while women were
more likely to delve into compulsive eating and buying. Patients dealing with Parkinson’s
disease are often prescribed medications called dopamine agon-ists, which help them deal with
the main symptoms of the disease such as tremors. Alternative options for treating symptoms
of Parkinson’s disease are always being tested. There are non-drug treatments as well including
cognitive behavioral therapy and using deep-brain stimulation. Ultimately, families can play
a large role in keeping ICDs from developing or getting out of control. Speak to your doctor
today if you have any more questions. For dailyRx, I’m Shelby Cullinan