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Depression a Key Factor in Health of Parkinson’s Patients: Study

US News Health, http://health.usnews.com

Researchers add that it is difficult to diagnose because movement disorder masks symptoms

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) — Depression is the most important determinant of the health status of people with Parkinson’s disease, according to early findings from a large study of Parkinson’s patients.

Parkinson’s is a brain disease that affects muscle and causes tremors, muscle rigidity and slowed movement. It’s believed that about half of Parkinson’s patients experience some form of depression at some point, and research suggests that depression and anxiety are more common in Parkinson’s patients than in patients with other chronic diseases.

The early findings from the Parkinson’s Outcomes Project were released Wednesday by the National Parkinson Foundation and suggest that the impact of depression on the health status of Parkinson’s patients is almost twice that of the movement problems associated with the disease.

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