What is the lived experience of anxiety for people with Parkinson's? A phenomenological study
Lovegrove, Christopher J.
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PURPOSE: Anxiety is a common non-motor symptom of Parkinson's and there is no specific pharmacological intervention for people with Parkinson's who experience anxiety. Yet there is little specific research documenting how individuals with this condition experience anxiety. It is important to explore the experiences of people with Parkinson's to identify potential issues in developing future non-pharmacological interventions. This study explored the lived experience of anxiety for people with Parkinson's. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six participants were recruited into a descriptive phenomenological study, through the charity Parkinson's UK, using a maximum variation sampling strategy. Face to face interviews were conducted. Data analysis employed thematic analysis. RESULTS: Three key themes encapsulated the data: Finding ways to cope to "Try not to let it rule your life", Amplifies symptoms "It's emotionally draining it it's also physically draining" and "Anxiety is a funny thing" experienced in myriad ways. A model of the experience of PWP experience of anxiety is proposed. CONCLUSIONS: Anxiety is a complex experience constructed of interlinked parts affecting people with Parkinson's in myriad ways. Researchers and healthcare professionals should take these findings into account when designing future studies and interventions.