Depression is one of the major, and most common, challenges for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Everyone feels sad from time to time and it is normal to experience stress when faced with a difficult disease such as Parkinson’s. However, the sadness that is part of being human can become a significant problem if it crosses into the realm of clinical depression and is left untreated.
If you have Parkinson’s disease (PD), or know someone who does, you likely know that PD affects dopamine levels in the brain. But did you know that PD also alters serotonin, norepinephrine and acetylcholine levels? All are chemicals in the brain that affect mood, thinking and behavior.
There are lots of health professionals that can help you manage mood changes, including your neurologist, primary care provider and various mental health specialists; from Mood: A Mind Guide to Parkinson’s.
When we recently examined the topics that were most searched for on our website, we were not surprised to discover that treatment of psychosis and hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease topped the list. There has been a critical unmet need for development of better drugs to address hallucinations and psychosis in the setting of Parkinson's disease.