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The impact of Apathy in Parkinson's disease

Apathy, a common symptom of Parkinson's disease, affects up to 40% of patients. It is characterized by a loss of motivation or interest in activities that were once enjoyable, and can significantly impact a person's quality of life. This blog post will explore the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and management of apathy in Parkinson's disease.

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Symptoms of Apathy

The primary symptom of apathy is a lack of interest or motivation in activities that were once enjoyable. People with apathy may also experience:

  • Difficulty starting or completing tasks

  • A lack of emotion or initiative

  • Difficulty making decisions

Causes of Apathy

Apathy in Parkinson's disease can be caused by various factors, including:

  • Changes in the brain due to Parkinson's disease

  • Depression, which is another common complication of Parkinson's disease

Diagnosis of Apathy

Apathy can be difficult to diagnose as it can overlap with other symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as fatigue and depression. However, it is crucial to identify apathy as it can significantly impact the quality of life of a person with Parkinson's disease.

Impact on Quality of Life

The effects of apathy on a person's quality of life can be profound. Apathy can lead to social withdrawal, decreased physical activity, and poor self-care, all of which can worsen the overall symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Apathy can also impact the person's relationships and work, leading to a decline in their quality of life.

Managing Apathy

There are several strategies for managing apathy in Parkinson's disease:

  • Set achievable goals: Setting small, realistic goals can help motivate you to engage in activities.

  • Break tasks into smaller steps: This can make tasks feel more manageable and help you get started.

  • Find joy and meaning: Engage in activities that you still enjoy and that are meaningful to you. These can be simple things like going for a walk, listening to music, or spending time with loved ones.

  • Exercise regularly: Physical activity has been shown to improve mood and can be particularly beneficial for people with Parkinson's disease.

  • Get enough sleep: A good night's sleep can improve energy levels and mood, which can help combat apathy.


In conclusion, apathy can have a significant impact on the quality of life of a person with Parkinson's disease. It can be caused by changes in the brain, depression, or other factors, and can lead to social withdrawal and a decline in self-care. It is important to diagnose apathy in order to address it, as it can be a barrier to achieving a good quality of life. With the right strategies, such as setting achievable goals, breaking tasks into smaller steps, and finding activities that bring joy and meaning, apathy can be managed, and the quality of life of a person with Parkinson's disease can be improved.


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About the Author

Mariam Bennouna is a  Mental Health Coach working with active people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, who wants to develop the resilience and the self confidence they need to accept their diagnosis and adapt their life around their symptoms.

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