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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.
December 5, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & G. Frederick Wooten, MD - Neurology
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