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Combating Depression

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.

Expert Briefings: A Closer Look at Anxiety and Depression in Parkinson's Disease

Laura Marsh, M.D., Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX


  • Recognize and distinguish depressive and anxiety symptoms over the course of PD
  • Describe methods for evaluating depression and anxiety in PD patients.
  • Discuss treatments for depression and anxiety in PD



Apathy describes a lack of interest, enthusiasm or motivation. It interferes with the effective management of Parkinson’s disease (PD) symptoms, since apathetic people are less inclined to do things like exercise and follow their medication schedules.

You may be experiencing apathy if you feel that it is increasingly harder to get up and participate in life’s activities. Report this to your health care provider and work with your team to determine the best course of action.

Tips for Daily Living: 6 Psychotherapy and Counseling Myths, Debunked

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Parkinson's Foundation

In Mood: A Mind's Guide to Parkinson’s, the newest educational book from the Parkinson’s Foundation, we explore mood changes associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD), why people with Parkinson’s might experience these changes and how to treat and cope with them.

Tips for Daily Living: Preparing for Winter with Parkinson’s Disease

Monday, December 12, 2016
Annie Wallis, MSW, LSW

Winter often brings unexpected weather and for many, the shorter days can lead to vitamin D deficiency, increasing chances of developing seasonal depression A mood disorder whose symptoms can include a persistent sad or empty mood, feelings of hopelessness or pessimism, irritability and loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities..


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