Lewy Body Degenerations as Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Jared T. Hinkle, Gregory M. Pontone

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Parkinson disease has historically been conceptualized as a movement disorder. In recent decades, nonmotor and neuropsychiatric symptoms have become increasingly recognized as being of paramount importance for patients with Parkinson disease. Neuropsychiatric phenomena dominate the course of the other major Lewy body disease, dementia with Lewy bodies. In this review, we survey the clinical relevance of nonmotor and neuropsychiatric symptoms to the heterogeneous presentations of Lewy body disease and their significance to ongoing research in this area. We consider how the nature of Lewy body neuropathology may help explicate the basis of nonmotor and neuropsychiatric symptoms in these two disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-381
Number of pages21
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • Anxiety
  • Apathy
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Depression
  • Parkinson disease
  • Psychosis
  • REM behavior disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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