Health Matters: The link between depression and Parkinson's diease

Published 08/15 2014 05:31PM

Updated 08/15 2014 05:36PM

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease' can leave patients reeling. The neuro-degenerative disorder causes involuntary muscle movements and there's no cure.

Now a new study confirms -- depression is more common among those newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Robin Williams had been vocal about his battle with depression. There is no way to know whether his diagnosis of Parkinson’s played any role in his suicide.

Although clinical depression and Parkinson’s disease are two distinct medical conditions; experts say suffering from both may worsen symptoms.

There are effective medications to control both Parkinson’s disease -and- depression.

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