Depression is common in people who have
Parkinson's disease. Sometimes it is caused by the
disease itself. Or it can be caused by the distress that comes with having any
long-term, disabling illness. Taking care of yourself emotionally is an
important part of staying healthy.
If you are feeling sad or
depressed, ask a friend or family member for help. Think about what might be
causing or adding to your sad feelings.
Certain medicines may cause depression. Review
with your doctor or pharmacist all of the medicines you are taking.
regular exercise, and eat a balanced diet.
Socialize. Don't cut yourself off from friends and family.
Laughter and humor may help you overcome feelings of sadness.
active. Parkinson's disease may limit your activities, but it does not
necessarily mean that you cannot work or continue doing many of the activities
If feelings of sadness persist, or if you have
symptoms of depression, talk to your doctor.
Medicine often can improve symptoms of depression. Make sure your doctor
knows what medicines you are taking, because certain medicines taken to
treat Parkinson's disease may interfere with certain antidepressants.
See the topic Depression for more information on signs and symptoms of
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