May 21, 2015, New York, NY – A new Swedish study suggests that those diagnosed with depression may have an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease (PD) later on. Investigators followed participants for 26 years, and found that 1 percent of the people with depression developed PD, whereas 0.4 percent of the people without depression develop the disease.
While typically PD is associated with motor symptoms, a host of non-motor symptoms, such as depression, fatigue, and sleep disorders, can also be related to PD. Fortunately many of these symptoms are treatable. It is important that when someone is newly diagnosed they talk to their physician (preferably a movement disorder specialist) about treatment options. Additionally, the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) has local resources available to help guide individuals and families to keep them focused on what they can do rather than what they can’t.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you may have questions about maintaining mental health. What are some warning signs of depression? To answer some of your questions, our educational supplement, Depression & Parkinson’s Disease, is available at no cost.
For immediate information, support or help please call APDA at 800-223-2732 or to connect to the resources in your local area please click here.