Non-Motor Symptoms

doctor patientParkinson’s is officially classified as a movement disorder because it involves damage to the areas of the brain, nerves and muscles that influence the speed, quality, fluency and ease of movement. While the effects of Parkinson’s on movement are often the most visible symptoms, like tremor, other impacts of Parkinson’s not related to movement, like emotional and cognitive challenges, can sometimes have an even greater effect on your quality of life.

The effects of Parkinson’s not related to movement are called non-motor symptoms. Non-motor symptoms may actually outnumber motor symptoms and can appear years before motor symptoms.

In this section, we will help you identify and learn about the various non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s so you can take the first steps to living well.