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Anxiety May Worsen Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s Disease

A research team from Brazil evaluated the link between anxiety and depression — nonmotor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) — and freezing of gait. They found that roughly one-third of people with Parkinson’s in their study cohort had freezing of gait. These people also had significantly higher anxiety scores. Additional analysis confirmed the contribution of anxiety to the severity of freezing of gait. These results support routine anxiety evaluation in people with PD.