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Cognitive Behavioral Program

While the motor symptoms of movement disorders may be readily recognized, many individuals do not realize that movement disorders also can affect thinking, memory, behavior and mood. Often these non-motor symptoms go unreported and untreated because they are seen as disconnected from the individual’s movement disorder.

Non-motor symptoms of movement disorders can affect everyone differently and can occur at different stages of the disease. While they do not affect every individual, these non-motor symptoms can greatly affect quality of life, and many can be treatable. Addressing non-motor symptoms is an important part of comprehensive care across all stages of disease.

Non-motor symptoms may include cognitive changes such as:

  • Challenges with planning or organizing
  • Trouble paying attention
  • Inability to finish tasks
  • Problems with memory or thinking clearly
  • Fluctuations in thinking and abilities

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Clinical Trials

You may be eligible for one of our ongoing clinical trials. Find out how to join a study.


To meet with one of the Northwestern Medicine clinic's movement disorders specialists, call the clinical affiliate practice phone number at 312-695-7950.

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