Do Parkinson’s Patients Lie? Can They?

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I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to lie. For me, I consider that a good thing. Now, I’m not saying I’ve never lied. If we’re honest, we’ve all lied. But consider what you are about to read, and then ask yourself, if you can lie. Or if you can’t lie. Read on and you’ll understand.

In the early 1900s, Carl Camp wrote something to the effect that Parkinson’s patients were those who worked hard and who resisted the influence of tobacco and alcohol, among other respectable traits. Because of these reports, research has been conducted to prove whether this is actually an accurate finding. The association of PD with personality or behavioral traits has shown over again that PD patients have traits such as being productive, inflexible and passionate about whatever they do. And, they’ve also been described as being honest.

Honest how? They cannot tell a lie. Does that mean that Parkinson’s tends to target honest people? Possibly. It has been said that certain chemical changes in the brain during the course of the disease may have something to do with it. Another study found that the change in patients was because of the disease rather than aging, and that there may be a possibility that such personality traits are common with PD brain damage.

Does that mean that patients don’t choose to tell a lie, but actually find it difficult to lie because of something beyond their control, such as disease-prompted changes in specific areas of the brain?

While this news may be considered a good benefit of having Parkinson’s disease, I would hope that I would be making the choice not to lie because it’s the right thing to do and not because I have PD.

But I’ll take what I can get, and if PD is responsible for upstanding patients, then I’m thankful for that one good thing.

And that’s the truth.


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Karri Carter avatar

Karri Carter

I am 42 yo. Was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's plus Multiple System Atrophy at 29.
I have been described as honest to a fault or "brutally honest". I feel brutal may be a bit much, because I do try to be nice. I also ask if people want honest or polite. ? I like to think my honesty comes from my values, and NOT my diagnoses...

Jacob avatar


My father was recently diagnosed with parkinson. Under some unfortunate circumstances I was forced to move in with my parents for about 6 months, and during that time i have observed som odd behavior from my father. He started telling lies, like a lot. I noticed this on multiple occasions, and mostly they all have the same reason. He is telling the lies as to not get in trouble with my mom, as she can be a bit harsh on him. She has some trouble accepting that he is not functioning as well as before. But it is not only my mom he is lying to, he also lied to me at least once, where i caught him in the act. So i got a bit curious if this was a common trait of parkinson, and I must admit I am pretty surprised that it is the other way around.


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