My brother is in his 40s and has been diagnosed for about two years now. I do not believe that he is coping with his diagnosis, and I really want him to go and talk to someone about it but this is proving difficult.
Does anyone else have any experience with stress/anxiety making PD symptoms worse? He went to his specialist a few weeks ago and was told that he will need DBS surgery within a year. Apparently the doctor said he could die on the operating table and this has really upset him. Since this appointment, I believe his symptoms have gotten worse. He seems more fragile (lost weight), a bit more wobbly and his speech is a little affected. I am really worried about him.
I know stress can make things worse - I believe he should be on an antidepressant as his anxiety/mood has been really affected in the last few years and he's been having panic attacks as well. He was on antidepressants but came off them due to unwanted effects.
Has anyone had any luck with their loved one seeing a counsellor about Parkinson's/accepting diagnosis? Or has anyone had a loved one undergo DBS and have any advice? Any help would be really really appreciated, as I'm really worried about him at the moment. The slightest thing send him on a deep downward spiral at the moment. I'm even wondering if talking to a counsellor might make him worse in the short term, if he is facing up to all of these emotions.