Episode 36: Depression in Parkinson's

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Depression is common in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and may manifest itself in different ways for each individual. While the core symptom is a negative mood, other symptoms may be variable and can include changes in sleep, appetite, energy, or pain. These symptoms may overlap with the PD itself, making it difficult for the person with PD or even healthcare providers to recognize the depression. In this podcast, movement disorders specialist, Irene Richard, a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Rochester in New York, says the key to effective management is for people with PD, their loved ones, and their healthcare providers to recognize depression first and then treat it appropriately. Dr. Richard discusses how people with PD and their families should have an increased level of awareness of what depression may look like and feel confident about bringing it up with their healthcare team.

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About This Episode

Released: August 28, 2018

Irene H. Richard, MD

Dr. Irene H. Richard is Professor of Neurology with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. After graduating from Cornell University in 1987 and receiving her MD from the Yale University School of Medicine in1991, Dr. Richard completed neurology residency at the University of Rochester in 1995, followed by NIH-funded fellowship training in Movement Disorders and Experimental Therapeutics in 1997. She joined the faculty of the University of Rochester in 1997. Dr. Richard provides neurological care for patients with Parkinson’s disease and related conditions and her clinical research program focuses on the psychiatric aspects of these illnesses. She is the author of numerous scientific articles, editorials and book chapters and has been the recipient of career development awards and research grants, including one from NIH to lead a multi-center clinical trial evaluating the treatment of depression in PD.  Dr. Richard is Director of the University of Rochester’s Movement Disorders Fellowship Program, LBDA Research Center of Excellence, and Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence.

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