Emotional Health


23 Nov: [Webinar Recording] YOPD Council: Mental Health and Parkinson’s

Approximately 50-60% of people living with Parkinson’s experience varying levels of depression and anxiety, and nearly all deal with loss. During this YOPD Council session, the eight members of our Council discussed how they have dealt with depression and anxiety; strategies that have worked and those that haven’t to get into a better headspace; tools for managing feelings of loss, how to communicate issues of mental health to friends, family, and care teams; how to manage anticipatory grief in yourself and others; and more.

05 Nov: [Video] Parkinson’s and the Good Life with Dr. Laurie Santos and Davis & Connie Phinney

In Spring 2018, Dr. Laurie Santos taught “Psychology and the Good Life” for the first time at Yale. She created this course because she was worried about the levels of student depression, anxiety, and stress she was seeing as a Professor and Head of College. It became the most popular class ever taught at Yale. Dr. Santos recently sat down with us to talk about how to live a “Good Life” while also living with Parkinson’s. Afterwards, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter Phinney helped us debrief what we learned and opened the floor for questions.