Parkinson's and depression

Watch: The connection between mental health and Parkinson’s disease

The devastating news of Robin Williams’ death sparked a robust national discussion about depression and suicide. But a recent public statement from his family revealed that Mr. Williams was also in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. That, in turn, shifted the conversation to the potential link between Parkinson’s and depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.

Recent Parkinson’s research from Penn Medicine details the connection between neuropsychiatric symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue and depression, and those newly diagnosed with the chronic disease.

Watch the Google+ hangout below, as our panel of experts discusses the Parkinson’s diagnosis and it’s connection to mental health problems.

 

 

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Watch: The connection between mental health and Parkinson’s disease