compulsive behaviour
When a person has an overwhelming drive to act in a certain way, often repetitively, to reduce the worry or tension that they get from their urge.
dopamine agonist withdrawal syndrome (DAWS)
A syndrome that occurs when a person's dopamine agonist treatment is abruptly stopped or reduced.
dopamine dysregulation syndrome
When a person takes more medication than they need to control their Parkinson’s. A form of impulsive and compulsive behaviour.
Involuntary movements, often a side effect of taking Parkinson’s medication for a long period of time.
impulsive behaviour
When a person can’t resist the temptation to carry out certain activities.
motor symptoms
Symptoms that interrupt the ability to complete learned sequences of movements.
neuroleptic malignant syndrome
A rare syndrome caused by abrupt withdrawal of some Parkinson’s drugs. Can cause death from complications of the respiratory, cardiovascular or renal system.
non-motor symptoms
Symptoms associated with Parkinson’s that aren’t associated with movement difficulties.
wearing off
This is where a Parkinson’s drug becomes less effective before it is time for a person’s next dose. This may cause them to go ‘off’.