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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, 2008
This two-page information sheet details at what point anxiety becomes a disorder and what can be done when it does get out of control.

"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 and Winter 2011

"Depression and Parkinson's," by Richard Brown and Dr. John Hindle
Published by Parkinson's Disease Society of the United Kingdom, 2011
This five-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.

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

"The Brain, Anxiety, and PD," by Paul Short, PhD
Presentation at APDA./NPF Young Onset Conference, October 16, 2010
Recording of audio and slides
The presenter, a neuropsychologist, focuses on anxiety in PD.

"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

Best Online Audio

"Depression and Parkinson's Disease," by Irene Richard, MD
Presentation for Michael J. Fox Foundation podcast, August 1, 2011
Transcript of five-minute podcast
A psychiatrist discusses depression's impact on people living with Parkinson's and related research.

"The Impact of Depression on PD," by Irene Richard, MD
Presentation for Michael J. Fox Foundation podcast, May 18, 2010
Transcript of eight-minute podcast
A psychiatrist discusses depression's impact on people living with Parkinson's.

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.

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