Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2020

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Kinesiology

Major

Kinesiology; Psychology

First Advisor

Elizabeth Stegemöller

Abstract

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder in which the substantia nigra has suffered a severe amount of cell loss, resulting in basal ganglia dysfunction. The defining motor symptoms of PD are tremor, rigidity (stiffness of the limbs and trunk), bradykinesia (slow movements), and postural instability (impaired balance). Persons with PD also have a number of non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, depression, autonomic dysfunction, cognitive impairment, and deficits in sensory processing. Currently, there is a gap in our knowledge about how stress affects persons with PD. Anecdotally, many people with PD report that their symptoms get worse when they are stressed. However, there is only indirect and anecdotal evidence for persons with PD. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine how stress affects motor and non-motor symptoms in persons with PD.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-20200902-172

Copyright Owner

Andrew Zaman

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

178 pages

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