Depression Another Symptom of Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s Disease includes many troubling symptoms, such as tremors, trouble walking and a loss of coordination. According to a report released by the National Parkinson Foundation, depression may be the most difficult symptom deal with and the most untreated.

As Kathleen Doheny reports, originally for WebMD, at least 50-percent of Parkinson’s patients experience depression. Now consider that 1-million Americans and 4-million people worldwide have the disease.

Depression is not the only mood disorder Parkinson’s patients are at an increased risk for, however. Anxiety is also seen at a high rate. In fact, some patient’s report suffering from anxiety for up to two years before any other symptoms occur.

The key factor is to understand that these mood disorders are linked as symptoms of Parkinson’s. That is to say, the disease causes a chemical inbalance that creates depression or anxiety in patients. They are unavoidable for many.

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