How is depression assessed in patients with Parkinson disease (PD)?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Given the high prevalence of mood disorders in Parkinson disease, these patients should be screened regularly for depression. However, assessment of depression in patients with Parkinson disease is complicated by the fact that some symptoms of Parkinson disease overlap with those of depression (eg, masklike facies, insomnia, psychomotor slowing, difficulty concentrating, fatigue). Guilt and self-reproach are less prominent in depression in patients with Parkinson disease, whereas anxiety and pessimism are more prominent.


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