In mid-August 2014, the world was shocked by the death of Robin Williams – and shocked again to learn he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease and Depression go hand in hand, at least half of PD patients also have depression, as both diseases are linked to the same chemicals in the brain. While support groups like ours are an invaluable resource in battling both diseases, if you find yourself in crisis please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. You are not alone in the struggles against Parkinson’s and Depression, mental health support is often overlooked as part of a PD treatment plan.
The National Parkinson Foundation recommends that people with Parkinson’s Disease:
- get screened for depression at least once a year.
- seek both medications and counseling for treatment.
- discuss changes in mood with their healthcare professional and doctor.
- bring a family member to doctor’s appointments to discuss changes in their mood.
- schedule frequent follow-up visits with your doctor.
Resources on PD and Depression: