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Combating Depression

Depression is one of the major, and most common, challenges for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Everyone feels sad from time to time and it is normal to experience stress when faced with a difficult disease such as Parkinson’s. However, the sadness that is part of being human can become a significant problem if it crosses into the realm of clinical depression and is left untreated. Health professionals, researchers and people living with or affected by PD have only recently begun to recognize the extent of the prevalence of depression in Parkinson’s and its impact on daily life. There has been a sharp and welcome increase in the awareness of depression as a common feature of PD and of the importance of treating it. Not only that, but new research has also advanced our understanding of how to treat PD-related depression and has increased the range of treatment options available.

Attachment

Depression is one of the major, and most common, challenges for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Everyone feels sad from time to time and it is normal to experience stress when faced with a difficult disease such as Parkinson’s. However, the sadness that is part of being human can become a significant problem if it crosses into the realm of clinical depression and is left untreated. Health professionals, researchers and people living with or affected by PD have only recently begun to recognize the extent of the prevalence of depression in Parkinson’s and its impact on daily life. There has been a sharp and welcome increase in the awareness of depression as a common feature of PD and of the importance of treating it. Not only that, but new research has also advanced our understanding of how to treat PD-related depression and has increased the range of treatment options available.

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