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In the general population, up to 10 percent of American adults are believed to have some form of depression. However, with Parkinson's disease, this number is believed to be much higher, perhaps up to 50 percent or more. If depression becomes a problem, medications and other alternative therapies can help people with Parkinson's feel better and improve quality of life.
An Introduction to Depression and Parkinson's Disease
Does Parkinson's Disease Cause Depression?Unlike the occasional sadness everyone feels due to life's disappointments, depression is a serious illness that profoundly weakens a person's ability to function in everyday situations by affecting moods, thoughts, behaviors, and physical well-being.
- Tremors or trembling in the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face
- Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
- Bradykinesia, or slowness of movement
- Postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination.