Coping with Depression in Parkinson’s

Depression is common in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). About half of them live with chronic depression. Research suggests this is related to chemical changes in the brain that come with PD. Decreased dopamine and serotonin levels cause many similar symptoms in both depression and PD.

Yet some people with PD don’t suffer from long-term depression. More research is needed, but lifestyle factors may play a role in both prevention and treatment. Patients with PD can be helped with physical therapy, good nutrition, and cognitive behavior therapy.

Fortunately, depression has not been a problem for me. I may feel down occasionally, but that doesn’t last long. My prevailing optimism soon takes over. This, along with physical therapy and good nutrition, helps me cope with PD in a positive way.

For me, this way of coping with PD is preferable to any anti-depressant medication. I have never taken any. They may help some people, but they can have serious side effects. Anyone considering them should read the side-effect profile carefully.

Good nutrition is a winner for most people!