Parkinson's Disease and Depression
Depression is common in people who have Parkinson's disease. Sometimes it is caused by the disease itself. Or it can be caused by the distress that comes with having any long-term, disabling illness. Taking care of yourself emotionally is an important part of staying healthy.
If you are feeling sad or depressed, ask a friend or family member for help. Think about what might be causing or adding to your sad feelings.
If feelings of sadness persist, or if you have symptoms of depression, talk to your doctor. Medicine often can improve symptoms of depression. Make sure your doctor knows what medicines you are taking, because certain medicines taken to treat Parkinson's disease may interfere with certain antidepressants.
See the topic Depression for more information on signs and symptoms of depression.
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