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Butler Hospital Invites the Public to ‘Ask the Experts’ About Parkinson’s Disease

Through a multimedia campaign, Butler Hospital is offering the public an opportunity to “Ask the Experts” questions relating to Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other movement disorders. The goal of the program is to educate patients, family members and clinicians about these illnesses that have a major impact on the lives of people living with them.

Beginning Monday, November 1 and continuing throughout the month, people can submit questions on Butler’s Facebook page or anonymously through the hospital’s website.

The questions will be answered and posted on these sites by Joseph H. Friedman, MD, chief of Butler’s Movement Disorders Program and an international expert in movement disorders. In addition to providing information on the best treatments for the physical symptoms, such as tremors, Dr. Friedman hopes the campaign will also help people better understand the mood-related symptoms of PD, such as depression, apathy and fatigue. According to Friedman, these symptoms “require close attention and treatment and can actually be more debilitating to patients and family members than the movement aspects of the disorder.”

One of the ways in which the hospital plans to provide information to the public is through a series of brief educational videos that will be available on Butler’s website and on the hospital’s YouTube page. The videos range in topics from how PD is diagnosed, to innovative treatments such as Deep Brain Stimulation, to how patients and their family members can improve quality of life while living with the disease.

As part of the campaign, Butler is offering a free education program on Learning to Live with Parkinson’s Disease and Get the Most Out of Life with Dr. Friedman on Saturday, November 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ray Conference Center on the Butler Campus. Following the program, the public is invited to attend an open house and tour of the new Movement Disorders Program at Butler Hospital. Register by e-mailing info@butler.org, or call 401-455-6265.

Founded in 1844, Butler Hospital is Rhode Island’s only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital for adults, adolescents, children, and seniors.

Butler is affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is the flagship hospital for its department of psychiatry, which has been recognized by its peers as one of the top ten in the United States.

A national leader in the development of acute psychiatric and substance abuse treatment, Butler is involved in a variety of research efforts which has earned it a national reputation as a major teaching and research facility.

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