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Depression 'more common' in early Parkinson's

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Posted in Science on 18th Aug, 2014 12:30 AM by AlexMuller

Depression and anxiety are twice as common in people newly-diagnosed with Parkinson's disease compared with the general population, research suggests. Writing in the journal Neurology, US researchers say depression increases in frequency in Parkinson's patients and is often left untreated.

 
Previous research suggests that the disease's impact on the brain can be a trigger for depression. Parkinson's UK said depression could be due to a number of causes. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine examined 423 newly-diagnosed Parkinson's patients and tracked their mental health over two years.
 
At the outset, 14% of patients with Parkinson's disease were found to have depression, compared with 6.6% of a group of healthy volunteers. During the follow-up, there was a small rise in the frequency and severity of depression in the group with Parkinson's, while in the control group a decrease was noted.
 
At the start of the study, 16% of patients with Parkinson's were taking an anti-depressant, and this increased significantly to 25% two years later. But 65-72% of patients who screened positive for depression were still not being treated with medication, the study said.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-18
+3
This study gives some information about the link between depression Parkinson's. It remains to be worked out how these two conditions are interlinked and how tackling depression could help Parkinson's
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-18
+1
Depression can also be a side effect of Parkinson's drugs.
Because of the range of possible causes, it is important that patients speak to their healthcare professional if they are worried about their symptoms.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-18
+2
Depression on its own is a big problem. In 2012 the World Health Organisation cited depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide- so action is needed as soon as possible! Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-18
+2
The link between depression and Parkinson's should be better established. However, Robin Williams died in an apparent suicide and it emerged the actor - who had depression - was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-18
+2
Recent findings also point out to chemical imbalance as a basis for depression, at least in some patients. As they say" It shows that depression is something chemical, that it can be reversed with chemicals, it dispenses for once and for all that you can just pull your socks up." Very important point! This is why blood test could be helpful Reply


 

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