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Depression and Anxiety in PD

Best Publications

"Anxiety and Parkinson's"
Published by Parkinson's Disease Society of the United Kingdom, February 2013
This eight-page information sheet details at what point anxiety becomes a disorder and what can be done when it does get out of control. Available in both PDF and Word.

"Combating Depression in Parkinson's," by Matthew Menza, MD
Published by PDF, 2009. Reprinted from "PDF News & Review," Spring 2009.
This two-page fact sheet, written by a psychiatrist, lists the ten warning signs of depression in PD.

"Depression and Anxiety," by Annette Schrag MD, PhD
Published in two parts in APDA newsletter, Fall 2010 (page 1) and Winter 2011 (page 4)
The author notes that 30-40% of PD patients have significant depressive symptoms and anxiety affects up to 40% of PD patients.

"Depression and Parkinson's," by Richard Brown and Dr. John Hindle
Published by Parkinson's Disease Society of the United Kingdom, February 2014
This 15-page information sheet provides a self-evaluation to help determine if diagnosis by a professional should be pursued for depressive symptoms. Several self-help steps are described. Available in both PDF and Word.

"Depression and Parkinson's Disease," by Brian D. Bell, PhD
Published by APDA, 2008
This four-page educational supplement reviews the prevalence of depression in PD along with why depression in PD can be difficult to diagnose.

Best Online Information

"Anxiety and Depression with Parkinson's Disease"
Published by Michael J. Fox Foundation
This webpage provides an overview to depression and anxiety. Includes three-minute video of neurologist Irene Richard, MD speaking on symptoms and treatments. There are also two podcasts featuring Dr. Richard on how depression impacts PD patients and the new research on treating depression in PD.

"Anxiety and Stress in Parkinson’s Disease," by Melanie Brandabur, MD, The Parkinson's Institute
First published in PPSG Newsletter, August/September 2008

"A Closer Look at Anxiety and Depression in Parkinson's Disease," by Laura Marsh, MD
Presentation at PDF Expert Briefing, March 6, 2012
Recording of audio and slides (requires registration)
Presentation (presenter's slides)
The presenter, a geriatric psychiatrst, notes that anxiety and depression can be under-recognized, yet common symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.

"Depression in Parkinson's Disease," by Melanie Brandabur, MD, The Parkinson's Institute
First published in PPSG Newsletter, Fall 2008

Expert-Level Reading

"Quality of life and depression in Parkinson's disease," by Annette Schrag, MD, PhD. Journal of Neurological Sciences, 2006 October 25; 248(1-2):151-7. Abstract.

 

NOTE: If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

 

 

This list compiled by Robin Riddle for Stanford's Parkinson's Community Outreach Program, 2012. Last updated by Lauren Stroshane, August 2014.

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