Parkinson’s Disease & Depression
Depression is common in patients with Parkinson’s disease. It’s a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the dopamine-producing neurons.
Dopamine plays different roles in the brain, which include those pertaining to motor function, arousal, motivation, reward, and some executive functions.
The exact cause of Parkinson’s disease is still unknown. While it’s not fatal, the disease can be debilitating. It can cause tremors (mainly at rest), slow movement, gait and balance problems, limb rigidity, and depression.
Depression in Parkinson’s Disease
Depression in Parkinson’s disease is an array of symptoms that may occur during the early stage of the disease. Oftentimes, it occurs years before other symptoms of Parkinson’s show up.
Aside from having a negative impact on one’s quality of life, depression can also worsen other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Some of the common symptoms associated with Parkinson’s related depression includes:
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Low energy level
- Low self-esteem
- Depressed mood
- Inability to find pleasure in things you used to enjoy
- Suicidal thoughts
Treating Depression in Parkinson’s Disease
Depression in Parkinson’s disease is usually managed through a combination of medication and psychological therapy. There are alternative treatments though if none of these traditional treatment methods provide results. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is one of these alternative treatment methods.
TMS is a form of therapy that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate certain areas of the brain. It’s a safe and FDA-approved treatment for major depression.
NeurOasis is dedicated to treating patients with conditions like depression who have not found improvements in their symptoms through traditional methods.
To find out more how we can help you through TMS, you can schedule a free consultation with us today.