NPF Statement About Robin Williams, Parkinson's and Depression

Release date: 8/14/2014

We have all been devastated by Robin Williams’ death. We are further saddened to hear that he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. While a diagnosis of any serious disease can be overwhelming, Parkinson’s and depression can go hand in hand. According to a recent study conducted by NPF, more than half of those with the disease suffer from clinical depression, which is part of the disease process itself. Depression affects quality of life more than the motor impairments of the disease. NPF urges annual screening for depression as a critical part to treating Parkinson’s. Treatment for depression should include both medications and counseling. The National Parkinson Foundation encourages people living with Parkinson’s and their families to seek expert care from a neurologist. With support, both depression and Parkinson’s can be managed. Please call NPF’s toll-free Helpline today to learn the early warning signs of the disease and get support, 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).