A significant non-motor symptom for me is something that I think can be classified as a form of “obsessive behavior.” Although these involve wholesome behaviors, the obsessive nature of the “activity-of-the-week” is so strong and compelling that it quickly becomes my singular focus for that time period, to the exclusion of some important responsibilities and relationships, especially our marriage relationship. For example, this week it might be a videography project; next week, it might be singing. Whatever it is, it does not include my wife. It’s only because she cares deeply and she has a very strong personality that she is able finally to drag me out of one of these states of mind and restore some sense of balance in my life and in our relationship. It’s not a very pretty process. It requires a significant amount of commitment and discipline on my part, as well, to snap out of these temporary “addictions.” I use that word because the attraction is so strong. I don’t know whether this is caused by PD or the meds or both. Have you had a similar experience and if so, I would be interested in how you have dealt with it.
Apr 11, 2018