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What Causes Parkinson Disease

Parkinson disease arises from decreased dopamine production in the brain. The absence of dopamine makes it hard for the brain to coordinate muscle movements. Low dopamine also contributes to mood and cognitive problems later in the course of the disease. Experts dont know what triggers the development of Parkinson disease most of the time. Early onset Parkinson disease is often inherited and is the result of certain gene defects.

Depression And Pd: A Non

This 2-page fact sheet explains and recommends cognitive behavioral therapy to manage Parkinsons-related depression.  Set goals for daily activities with a focus on exercise, socialization and positive emotional self care.  Recognize negative thoughts and implement strategies to minimize them.  Work with your care partner to reinforce positive behaviors and implement healthy habits.

The Case Of Fluvoxamine Maleate

The role of serotonergic drugs in PD associated with depression has been receiving considerable attention amongst the research community . As a link between DA and the development of depression in patients with PD has been suggested, the pathophysiological features of both PD and depression have in common DA pathway dysfunction and depletion and/or 5-HT deficit . It has been suggested that an increase in serotonergic tone may indirectly influence DA function and may contribute to increased motor activity which is partially blocked by DA antagonists . Studies have shown that depression may be associated with an abnormal level of DA . As studies have also shown that brain regions affected by abnormal DA processing may also be affected when 5-HT is abnormally processed, we hypothesize that Fluvoxamine maleate treatment may play a role in improving the chemical imbalance caused by low levels of DA in the brain .

Parkinsons Disease And Sex Issues: Libido Sex Drive

Emma-Marie Smith

Parkinson’s disease and sex is a complicated topic. No matter your age, gender or relationship status, sex plays a significant part in many people’s lives. Sexual desire does not go away with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, and most people are perfectly able to continue having intimate relationships. However, you may experience changes to your libido or physical ability during sex. As with all Parkinsonian symptoms, it helps to be prepared so that you’re aware of your options. With this in mind, here’s what to expect from Parkinson’s disease and sex.

What Are The Treatment Options For Depression

What is Parkinson

Just as the symptoms and causes of depression can differ from person to person, so too can suitable treatment approaches. There are two main types of treatment options for depression: antidepressant medications and psychological counseling . 

The Parkinsons Foundation recommends a holistic, comprehensive approach to depression. Although antidepressants are often effective in reducing symptoms, they should seldom be used alone. In most cases, the best approach is a combination of antidepressant medication, counseling, exercise and social support. 

How can you ease depression in PD? First, share your concerns with your doctor. Many movement disorders specialists now include questions about depression in their exams. If your doctor does not, raise the topic. He or she may recommend medical or nonmedical coping strategies, including the following:

Lewy Body Dementia Vs Parkinsons Disease Dementia

Diagnoses of Lewy body dementia include dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinsons disease dementia. Symptoms in both of these diagnoses can be similar.

Lewy body dementia is a progressive dementia caused by abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein in the brain. Lewy bodies are also seen in Parkinsons disease.

The overlap in symptoms between Lewy body dementia and Parkinsons disease dementia include movement symptoms, rigid muscles, and problems with thinking and reasoning.

This seems to indicate that they could be linked to the same abnormalities, though more research is needed to confirm that.

The later stages of Parkinsons disease have more severe symptoms that may require help moving around, around-the-clock care, or a wheelchair. Quality of life can decline rapidly.

Risks of infection, incontinence, pneumonia, falls, insomnia, and choking increase.

Hospice care, memory care, home health aides, social workers, and support counselors can be a help in later stages.

Parkinsons disease itself isnt fatal, but complications can be.

Research has shown a median survival rate of about

Fatigue In Parkinsons Disease

Fatigue is a common but under-recognized problem for people with Parkinsons disease . Fatigue can be defined as an unpleasant sensation of lacking energy, making the performance of routine activities, physical or mental, a strain. People with PD may experience physical fatigue, mental fatigue, or both. Fatigue in PD is not the same as the feeling you might get at the end of a hard days work. It is not necessarily something that goes away with rest. When people with PD are asked about fatigue, they use phrases such as, I feel run down, I am out of energy, I am unable to do anything, I cant get motivated.

Fatigue in Parkinsons Brochure

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Fatigue is common in PD

Fatigue and Depression

There is a large overlap between fatigue and other problems in PD, especially depression and sleep disorders. People with fatigue are more likely to be depressed and people who are depressed are more likely to be fatigued, but there is nonetheless a large group of PD patients who are fatigued but not depressed. Depression in PD typically responds to antidepressant treatment, and depression-related fatigue may improve with such treatment.

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Fatigue and Sleep disorders

Causes of Fatigue

Treating Depression In Ms

There is only one double blind RCT of treatment of depression in MS. This trial compared desipramine plus psychotherapy to placebo plus psychotherapy. Half the patients in the drug treatment arm did not reach the specified dose because of adverse effects. However there was a significant, if modest, effect in favour of desipramine.

There have been open label trials of a number of drug treatments including SSRIs . In general, SSRIs are easier to tolerate and are likely to be equally effective compared to tricyclic drugs.

Clinical experience would suggest that the best strategy would be to start low, go slow when initiating antidepressant treatment . If side effects are encountered, judicious reduction in dose may be the best strategy.

Mild to moderate forms of depression may be managed with cognitive behavioural therapy . CBT can also work well in a group setting, enhancing its cost effectiveness. For more severe forms of depression and in those with cognitive impairment, drug treatments are probably the best first line treatment.

Other models of psychotherapeutic treatment have been used in people with MS . In general, experience has been favourable but there is very little evidence for or against effectiveness.

Levels Of Neurotransmitters In Csf From Pd

The levels of DA, 5-HT, and NE in CSF from the PD-ND and PD-D groups were compared . In the PD-D group, the levels of DA and 5-HT were all reduced compared with those in the PD-ND group. However, only DA level showed a significant difference after Bonferroni correction.

Table 4. Levels of neurotransmitters in CSF from PD-D and PD-ND groups.

The correlational analyses between HAMD scores and neurotransmitters levels in CSF from PD patients were further conducted . It was found that the HAMD scores had a negative correlation with DA level in CSF . However, no significant relationship between HAMD scores and the levels of 5-HT and NE in CSF was detected.

Table 5. Correlation of HAMD scores with the levels of neurotransmitters in CSF from PD patients.

Binary logistic regression analysis was performed to investigate the relationship of PD-D and DA levels in CSF. The covariates contained the levels of DA in CSF and the scores of UPDRS III, PIGD type and the scores of HAMA and FS . The results showed that the DA levels significantly negatively correlated with PD-D.

Table 6. Logistic regression analysis of the relationship of DA in CSF and PD-D.

Q: Your Research Focuses On The Link Between Depression And Parkinsons Long Before The Latter Is Diagnosed Can You Explain This Relationship

A: It looks as though the pathological process of Parkinsons disease how it develops may actually overlap with and affect some of the same brain circuitry that is related to mood regulation. Some of the brain cell nuclei beneath the substantia nigra are a part of the same circuitry that is involved in mood regulation. These cells could be affected years before movement symptoms, such as tremor, are even evident. This finding means that depression may be what we call a prodromal symptom a symptom that precedes a formal diagnosis.

Ask The Md: Depression And Anxiety In Parkinsons Disease

This 4-minute video is a summary of depression and anxiety symptoms in Parkinsons disease by Dr. Rachel Dolhun.  She packs a lot of information into such a short time,  explaining precisely how both can be managed with medication, talk therapy and/or behavioral strategies, such as regular exercise and social activities.

Selfcare For The Person With Parkinsons

  • Join a Parkinsons support group if you dont already belong to one. Talk about your experiences, ask for help if you need it and share whats worked and not worked for you.
  • Offer to have coffee with someone you know has been newly diagnosed and offer them support and encouragement.
  • Make time to exercise and get out in nature every day.
  • Communicate frequently with your doctors and discuss the possibility of tweaking your medications if your symptoms become worse.
  • Rest when you need it.
  • Plan a day trip or a vacation and get away from your normal surroundings.
  • Take control where you can and keep authoring your own story.
  • Practice or or Tai Chi to relax and calm your mind.
  • Start a new project that youre excited to work on every day.
  • Communicate with your care partners and let them know how they can best help you.

What Is A Delusion

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A delusion is a thought or belief that is not based on reality, as opposed to a hallucination which involves seeing, hearing, tasting or feeling things that do not exist.

People who experience delusions may be convinced that they are true, even though they are irrational for example paranoia that someone is trying to cause them harm or that there is a conspiracy against them. Delusions can be difficult to overcome, particularly if they involve a carer or other close contact, as they may provoke suspicion, mistrust or jealousy and so strain relationships. Severe delusions can cause anxiety or irritability, especially if the person finds it difficult to tell whether things are real or not.

Some people with Parkinsons experience a mixture of delusions, hallucinations and illusions which may make them feel confused and impact on daily life.

A Positive Mental Attitude

Focusing on the positive ways you can help your parent instead of worrying about how to prevent their Parkinsons from worsening can help to remove stress and anxiety from the situation.

While there are many treatments to ease your parents symptoms theyll benefit enormously from having their family and friends around them, supporting them as they face such a degenerative disease. Love, acceptance and friendship go a long way when caring for a parent with Parkinsons.

How Is Depression Diagnosed

Most people with PD will go undiagnosed or undertreated for depression; therefore, being diagnosed is a critical first step towards effective treatment and recovery. To be diagnosed with depression, a person must experience one of the following symptoms most of the time over the previous two weeks:

  • Depressed mood 
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed

In addition, some of the following symptoms must be present:

  • Changes in sleep or appetite
  • Decreased concentration or attention problems
  • Increased fatigue
  • Feeling slowed down or restless
  • Feeling worthless and guilty
  • Suicidal thoughts or a wish for death

Oxidative Stress Neuroinflammation And Parkinsons Disease

Oxidative stress is the result of an imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen species and the body capacity to counteract their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidant defenses . Brain neurons are constantly exposed to reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species as a result of endogenous or exogenous exposure to oxidative stress . Chronic psychological stress increases neuroinflammation which may facilitate nigral cell death in PD . For instance, under stress conditions, there is evidence that dysfunction of inflammatory markers such as tumor necrosis factor -, interleukin -1, IL-6, IL-10, transforming growth factor – in microglia of patients with depression participates in worsening PD symptoms .

PD research is often directed towards the prevention of DA neuron degeneration . However, all current treatments only address the symptomatic effects of the disease, none of which neither halt nor retard DA neuron degeneration . About 95% of PD cases are sporadic hence caused by environmental factors versus 5% that are inherited . The point of view in favor of exposure to stressful events early in life predisposing an individual to develop neurodegenerative disorders later in life seems to emphasize that PD is much more than just a DA-dependent motor deficit.

Environmental Toxins And Parkinsons Disease

Neuronal cell death in PD may also be triggered by exposure to toxic substances or environmental factors which precipitate the symptoms of the disease as they render the brain vulnerable to subsequent physiological chronic stress . The environmental cause of PD mainly refers to exposure to dopaminergic toxins 6-hydroxydopamine , 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine , paraquat and rotenone as these toxins are known to induce formation of reactive oxygen species and oxidative stress which may result in neuronal cell death .

DA is one of the common neurotransmitters present in most parts of the central nervous system . The mesocortical, mesolimbic, nigrostriatal and tubero-infundibular pathways are the four main pathways that play a key role in dopaminergic signaling . DA cannot cross the blood brain barrier, therefore, it is synthesized from tyrosine which is carried into the brain via amino acid transporters . At the dopaminergic neuron level, tyrosine is then converted into dihydroxyphenylalanine by tyrosine hydroxylase then finally into DA by aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase . DA is then stored in the vesicle until an action potential allows the vesicle to be discharged into the synapse . Monoamine oxidase is the enzyme that is responsible for breaking down excess DA and is known to similarly act on 6-OHDA inducing oxidative stress resulting in apoptosis .

Rating Scales For Depression Post

Rating scales for depression have two main uses after strokeas a screening instrument, and as a way of measuring change in symptoms over time. There are very few studies validating the use of rating scales for measuring change, but a number of studies have looked at validation of screening instruments.

On the whole there tends to be poor agreement between a variety of screening rating scales and clinical diagnosis based on operationalised criteria. For most of the scales that have been studied using receiver operating curves, sensitivity to depression is only gained by significant losses in specificity. A recent review of screening instruments produced for the Stroke Association recommended the following screening measures:

What Are The Symptoms Of Psychosis

Two of the most prominent symptoms are hallucinations and delusions.7 Hallucinations involve seeing, hearing, experiencing or sensing things that are not really there. Delusions are false beliefs that are not based in reality. In describing symptoms of Parkinsons disease psychosis, patients may use such common terms as: seeing things, paranoia, flashbacks, nightmares, false beliefs, or not being in touch with reality.8

How Can I Help Myself

One way of helping mild depression is to understand it better. Many organisations in the useful contacts section produce guides or books about how you can help yourself to manage depression. Others have helplines where you can share your feelings. 

Other types of self-help include:

Exercise if you have Parkinson’s, can be as important as your medication to help you manage your symptoms. Research has also shown that exercising two to three times a week, especially as part of a group, can help with depression. It can also boost your mood and help you sleep well. 

Find something that suits you and go for it. This could be as simple as chair-based exercise or a brisk walk that gets your heart rate up.

To get started, a physiotherapist can recommend exercise that is right for you. Also, your GP, local council or sports centre may organise exercise referral schemes in your local area.

Sleep to help improve the amount and quality of your , make sure your bedroom is quiet and comfortable, and go to bed at the same time each night.

Relaxation you may find relaxation therapies, such as aromatherapy, useful. You could also try complementary therapies, such as massage, meditation, or exercises such as tai chi or . 

Self-help computer programmes some GPs provide access to computerised cognitive behavioural therapy courses. Examples include Beating the Blues and . If you’re interested in any of these activities, speak to your GP.

What Is Parkinson Disease

Parkinsons Disease

Parkinson disease is a movement disorder. It can cause the muscles to tighten and become rigid This makes it hard to walk and do other daily activities. People with Parkinsons disease also have tremors and may develop cognitive problems, including memory loss and dementia.

Parkinson disease is most common in people who are older than 50. The average age at which it occurs is 60. But some younger people may also get Parkinson disease. When it affects someone younger than age 50, it’s called early-onset Parkinson disease. You may be more likely to get early-onset Parkinson disease if someone in your family has it. The older you are, the greater your risk of developing Parkinson disease. It’s also much more common in men than in women.


Parkinson disease is a chronic and progressive disease.  It doesn’t go away and continues to get worse over time.

Assessment Of Depression Anxiety Cognition Sleep And Daily Living Ability

All data were collected by face-to-face interviews in outpatient clinics. A 24-item version of the Hamilton depression rating scale was used to assess the severity of depression. Patients with total HAMD scores <8 points were included in the non-depressed group. Those with 8 points were included in the depression group, with 816, 1723, and 24 points representing mild, moderate, and severe depression, respectively. The 14-item Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale was used to assess anxiety in patients. The mini-mental state examination scale was used to assess the cognitive function, while the Pittsburgh sleep quality index was applied to evaluate sleep quality. The activities of daily living scale was used to assess daily living ability.

Depression Anxiety And Psychosis In Parkinson’s Disease

T.A. Hurwitz, MBChB, MRCP, FRCPCSusan M. Calne, RN

Parkinson’s disease is associated with depression, demoralization, anxiety, and psychosis. Depression in Parkinson’s disease is overlooked because of the overlap between motor and mental slowing. Treatment includes psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and electroconvulsive therapy. Several of the newer antidepressants are effective in patients with Parkinson’s disease, as is electroconvulsive therapy. Anxiety is common in patients with Parkinson’s disease and can interfere with their response to treatment. Psychosis can occur with any of the drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease. Some of the atypical neuroleptics, as well as electroconvulsive therapy, can be helpful.

Parkinson’s disease is commonly associated with psychiatric morbidity, but fortunately, many effective treatments are available.


Parkinson’s disease is commonly associated with psychiatric morbidity, which includes depression, anxiety, and dopaminergic psychosis. These compound the patient’s predicament. Fortunately a variety of effective treatments is available. This article reviews the diagnosis and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and psychosis in Parkinson’s disease, and offers strategies for effective management.


 Symptoms and differential diagnosis



 Psychological support


 Electroconvulsive therapy



Table. Parkinson’s disease medication, side effects, and management


Parkinsons Symptoms In Brain

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I Had A Hallucination: What Next

Research has shown that for many people with PD who have them, hallucinations begin after a change in medication, more specifically, an increase in levodopa . Additional factors make a person more likely to experience hallucinations when medications are changed, such as other cognitive problems or memory issues, depression and sleep problems. Dementia|A term used to describe a group of brain disorders that cause a broad complex of symptoms such as disorientation, confusion, memory loss, impaired judgment and alterations in mood and personality.] also increases the risk of hallucinations and delusions when PD medications are changed. Dementia means cognitive changes whether in memory, judgment or attention that interfere with daily life.

One thing that does not affect the risk of hallucinations is your regular dose of levodopa. Rather, studies show that it is a change in dose an increase in a dose that has been stable that sets off hallucinations.

Tip: Experiencing a hallucination does not mean you are going crazy. Many people recognize that their hallucinations are not real. Do not react to these visions or sounds or engage them dismiss them. Bring up the topic with your doctor immediately.

What Are Symptoms Of Depression

Symptoms of depression will differ from person to person and can range in severity from mild to severe. Although people experience depression in differently, there are common symptoms including:

  • Persistent sadness
  • Loss of interest in usual activities and hobbies
  • Decreased attention to hygiene, medical and health needs
  • Feelings of guilt, self-criticism and worthlessness
  • Increased fatigue and lack of energy
  • Change in appetite or eating habits
  • Loss of motivation
  • Complaints of aches and pains
  • Feelings of being a burden to loved ones
  • Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  • Reflections about disability, death and dying
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Poor attention and concentration problems
  • Feeling slowed down or restless inside
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Diagnosis And Treatment Of Hallucinations

First, your doctor needs to find out whats causing your hallucinations. Theyll ask about your medical history and do a physical exam. Then theyll ask about your symptoms.

They may need to do tests to help figure out the problem. For instance, an EEG, or , checks for unusual patterns of electrical activity in your brain. It could show if your hallucinations are due to seizures.

You might get an MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, which uses powerful magnets and radio waves to make pictures of the inside of your body. It can find out if a brain tumor or something else, like an area thats had a small , could be to blame.

Your doctor will treat the condition thats causing the hallucinations. This can include things like:

  • Medication for schizophrenia or dementias like Alzheimers disease
  • Antiseizure drugs to treat epilepsy

Depression And Parkinsonism In An Animal Model Of Neurodegeneration

Early post-natal maternal separation is widely used to create an animal model that exhibits some depressive/anxiety-like behaviors . This established model of depression is useful to study 6-OHDA lesion of the medial forebrain bundle to lesion nigrostriatal DA neurons. We recently investigated the antiparkinsonian effects of Fluvoxamine maleate in a parkinsonian rat model of neurodegeneration associated with anxiety/depressive-like behaviors . Although these studies were a small exploratory open-label trial, they anticipated outcomes on a larger double-blind placebo-controlled study that include non-depressive animals with Parkinsonism. Fluvoxamine maleate treatment has shown potential in decreasing dopaminergic neuronal loss as well as potential to regulate neuronal pro- and anti-inflammation markers in the striatum . Therefore, a combined animal model of chronic stress-induced depression with a 6-OHDA lesioned parkinsonian animal model is an appropriate model to investigate the relationship between depression and PD. This association suggests that the stressor needs to be applied prior to the injection of the neurotoxin 6-OHDA to combine depressive-like behaviors with a potential risk of developing motor-symptoms that characterize Parkinsonism. This combination showed the double advantage of investigating a non-motor symptom as part of an early onset of PD together with the neuroprotective effects of a treatment on the development of the disease.


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