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does anyone have a problem with addictions caused by some Parkinson's meds. such as gambling, compulsive spending, hypersexuality. I have had a problem with spending but have it under control

posted March 28, 2016
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

I'm terrified of these medications I have to be very careful of what I'm doing I used to be an Antique Auctioneer now reteired . Before my . D B S surgery in November of 2015 I was taking about 30 pills a day I was not thinking straight at all I was buying antiques { Gammbling in a way. ) with no hope of getting my cost back . I was an Auctioneer for 35 years and I know the buissness in and out this was not normal behavior for me . After my D B S that stopped but I did make a couple of very bad mistakes before the surgery .i don't want to say on here how much money I spent . NOBODY TELLS YOU HOW MIND ALTERING THESE DRUGS CAN BE . After the D B S. I don't have a problem but I only take 8 pills a day now. Please be carful medication can be good BUT THEY HAVE A DOWN SIDE

posted October 30, 2016
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

Hi i am having a problem with hyper sexuality

posted February 5, 2017
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

My husband has PD and hypersexuality has become an issue. We have talked about it, I have mentioned it to his Dr. and he has a therapist. He liked to watch porn on the computer. I noticed his balance, stability and walking would become worse. Sometimes I can see when this is coming. His posture is worse and he gets a look in his eye. Also his conversations would focus around sex. So no computer. I am trying to "keep it small" so it doesn't become a bigger issue. The other day we were driving home and we passed an adult store. I know we both noticed it. I went out a while later and left him home alone for a few hours. During that time, he got in the car, drove to the adult store to buy a porn video, fell in the parking lot, and was taken to the hospital. Some times he will choose videos (he has many dvd's) that have sex in them. I find if he stays in the present, doesn't remenis about the past, he does better.

posted September 11, 2020
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

I became of my over spending as an issue when I was accused of being a hoarder. I've always thought of myself as a collector, in my case, this is art and in my world having an extensive art collection is admired not condemned. After all, hasn't it been collectors who have established and financed major art museums to the point of going broke doing it. I've come to the realization that things cannot continue-if I buy something new, I have to take something down and put in storage. This is painful--everything has an emotional connection and a story behind it. Now I've got to deal with this obsession

Once I retire and have a limited income, the spending will have to stop but until then the battle continues. Someone once made a bet that you could not find a significant piece of art to purchase everyday, it was impossible but the more you look and if that piece pops and if it has a profound resonance with you, I cannot resist purchasing it. This is my dilemma. Fortunately my children are not like me!.

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posted October 16, 2018
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

Thank you for your honest reply, I too had hypersexual problems but have been to embarrassed to tell anyone. I finally told the Parkie nurse and she told my specialist who then changed my meds. the med was cabasar. it would have to be the worst period of my life.

posted March 30, 2016

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