Submitted by: NWPF
I find depression to be one of the most debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s. They say over 30% of those diagnosed with PD have a degree of clinical depression. Personally, I’m guessing it’s more in the realm of 70%. And what we’re talking about is clinical, not situational depression. Clinical depression is due to an imbalance in brain chemistry. In Parkinson’s, a patient has less dopamine than needed. Dopamine is also involved in the creation of Serotonin, that happy chemical. If you’re short on dopamine, you likely short on serotonin. This can cause clinical depression.