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How do you treat depression in Parkinson's disease?

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Depression is common in people with Parkinson's disease. Your depression can be treated with psychological therapy and medication. People seem to do better when they get both types of treatment.

There are many antidepressant medications, and each has pros and cons. Most people should not take the antidepressant amoxapine (Asendin) because it could temporarily make Parkinson's symptoms worse.

From: Parkinson's Disease and Mental Health WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Mental Disturbances Associated with Parkinson's Disease."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression and Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Parkinson's Disease: Mind, Mood, & Memory."

American Academy of Neurology: "Screening and Treatment for Depression, Dementia, and Psychosis With Parkinson Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Mental Disturbances Associated with Parkinson's Disease."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression and Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Parkinson's Disease: Mind, Mood, & Memory."

American Academy of Neurology: "Screening and Treatment for Depression, Dementia, and Psychosis With Parkinson Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 11, 2017

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