Ansia di stato e ansia di tratto in pazienti parkinsoniani

Giorgio Scivoletto, Annalisa Petrelli, Lina Di Lucente, Antonella Peppe

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Several psychological problems have been documented in Parkinson's disease patients; depression is one of the major reactions described and is the most frequent and the most strictly related to the disease. According to most of the authors, the psychological syndromes are a result of the neurochemical and neurobiological changes produced by Parkinson's disease. Aim of this study was to investigate the extent of trait-anxiety (a characteristic of patients personality) and state-anxiety (a disturb reactive to significant events of patients life such having a potentially disabling disease) in Parkinson's disease patients. A group of patients were submitted to questionnaires for self-rating the two types of anxiety and their results were compared to those of a control group of orthopedic patients. Parkinson's disease patients showed a significant increase only in the prevalence of state-anxiety. Our data seem to indicate that anxiety in Parkinson's disease is not a personality trait, but is reactive to the presence of the illness. On the other side the lack of correlation between the gravity of anxiety and the gravity of the neurological impairment and disability makes us think that also the anxious disturb is a manifestation of the neurochemical changes induced by the disease.

Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)214-216
Number of pages3
JournalNuova Rivista di Neurologia
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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