Parkinson's Care and Support UK

Funding a CBT Helpline to help people with Parkinson's who have Anxiety and Depression

Parkinson's Disease can have a big impact on ones mental wellbeing. That is why we are raising money to fund a new CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) helpline for people with Parkinson's who are also suffering from anxiety and depression.
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People often think that Parkinson's only affects people physically. This couldn't be further from the truth. Sadly, Parkinson's Disease can have a big impact on ones mental wellbeing and anxiety and depression are common non-motor symptoms of people living with Parkinson's.

Living with anxiety and depression whilst facing Parkinson's can worsen their overall health condition if left unchecked. Common fears and worries that go along with Parkinson's Disease may trigger anxiety. One is a fear of being unable to function independently, particularly during a sudden off period (the time of day when medication is not working). This can lead to a fear of being left alone. Another is a concern about being embarrassed often related to interacting with others in public.

We will be developing a new CBT Helpline to offer therapy across the UK to people with Parkinson's who are living with anxiety or depression. Our therapists will spend 1 hour and 30 mins a week on each patient who is receiving CBT. This time is split between therapy, session planning and administration. The cost of therapy is £120 per person per week.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is very effective at helping people change negative thinking patterns and behaviours to solve their problems and engage in life. CBT encourages patients to develop more positive thoughts about themselves, the environment around them and their future: in this case the outcome related to their illness. With regular CBT, anxiety and depression can be cured and quality of life and wellbeing significantly improved. This in turn can improve other Parkinson's symptoms. We know that tremor in particular tends to worsen when a person is anxious or under stress, however, all the symptoms of PD, including slowness, stiffness, and balance problems, can also worsen. Tackling anxiety and depression this way can dramatically change someone's life with Parkinson's.

Tomorrow is guaranteed for no man. Whilst there is no cure yet for Parkinson's Disease, it is important that each person with Parkinson's has the opportunity to live their best life to the fullest. Parkinson's Care and Support UK is here to go through this journey with you. We fight hard to improve the lives of all those affected by Parkinson's today, and we won't stop until we do.

About the charity

Every hour two people are told they have Parkinson's. It can affect anyone and there is currently no cure. We work tirelessly to improve quality of life for people with Parkinson's and their carers, whilst funding non-pharmaceutical research to prevent, slow down, reverse and cure Parkinson's.

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