Emotional And Mental Health for Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s impacts your whole self. Therefore, attending to your emotional and mental health is just as important as caring for your physical health.
In this collection of resources, we share ways to stay mentally and emotionally healthy, view obstacles as opportunities, ask for help when it’s needed, give back, and build self-care and compassion into your daily life. We also share advice from Parkinson’s experts on the many kinds of counseling and therapy that can help you live well; how spirituality can play an important role in your emotional health; the medications that are available to help with mental health symptoms, and much more.
Parkinson’s and the Good Life with Dr. Laurie Santos
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 graciously sat down with us to talk about how to live a “Good Life” while also living with Parkinson’s. Afterward, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter Phinney helped us debrief what we learned and opened the floor for questions.
Positivity Extends Life
It’s a bold claim: positive thinking and positive social influences can improve your mental and physical health. But as surprising as it may seem, there’s a broad base of scientific evidence behind that claim. In this article, we explore how self-efficacy and self-care can help you live your best life with Parkinson’s.
YOPD Council: Mental Health And Parkinson’s
In this conversation, our YOPD Council Leaders share their strategies to get into a better headspace; tools for managing feelings of loss; ways to communicate issues of mental health to friends, family, and care teams; how to manage anticipatory grief in yourself and others; and ways to reframe expectations without settling for a life less lived.
How to Use Expressive Writing to Live Well with Parkinson’s
Expressive writing, a brief writing technique that helps people understand, manage, and thrive during challenging times, involves writing about troubling issues for 15-20 minutes a day for three or four days. The value gained from the specific expressive writing format is that it has been found to improve people’s mental and physical health for days, weeks, months, and even years. Learn how this technique can help reduce stress, enhance emotion regulation, decrease negative thoughts, and improve your overall well-being.
Explore More Emotional and Mental Health Resources
- Living Well with Parkinson’s: A Conversation with Brian Grant and Davis Phinney
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance with Angela Duckworth
- Meaning, Mindset, and Purpose
- YOPD Council: Sleep, Light, Nature, and Parkinson’s
- If I Can Do It, You Can Do It—Get Out and Go!
- A Parkinson’s Journey: The Art of Mindful Pivoting
- Poetry as Medicine Cafe
- How Service Dogs Can Support People with Parkinson’s
- Inspiration for Living Well with Parkinson’s with Davis Phinney
- Helplessness and Hope in Parkinson’s
- Resiliency as a Tool for Living Well with Parkinson’s
- Ask the Parkinson’s Expert: Everyday Habits to Live Well with Davis Phinney
- Reinvention of Self
- Parkinson’s and Mental Health: Integration Is Key
- Stumbling Blocks and Steppingstones
- How to Build Resilience While Living with Parkinson’s
- The Importance of Self-Efficacy
- How Sunlight Can Help You Live Well with Parkinson’s
- Moments of Victory® – Parkinson Pete Embraces the Lessons of Parkinson’s
- Take Your Parkinson’s for a Spin in the Great Outdoors
- The Upside of “Negative” Emotions in Dealing with Parkinson’s
- How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Help You Live Well with Parkinson’s
- Moments of Victory® – Chris Manning Finds the Silver Lining of Living with Parkinson’s
- How Laughter Yoga Can Help You Live Well with Parkinson’s
- 4 Strategies to Drive Away the Winter Blues
- Keepin’ On: Living Well with Parkinson’s
- How to Find Inspiration while Living with Parkinson’s
- The Holy Grail of Living Well with Parkinson’s
- If Parkinson’s Had a Coin
- Moments of Victory® – Robert Alexander Leans on His Faith
- Resolve to Live Well with Parkinson’s
- Combatting Ageism to Live Well
- Giving Back and Living Well with Parkinson’s
- 5 Reasons to Join (or Start) a Women’s Only Support Group
- Overcoming Obstacles and Living Well with Natasha McCarthy
- Moments of Victory® – Bonita Thomas Just Keeps On Going
- Optimism, Self-Efficacy, Strong Relationships, and Fish!