Focus on Parkinson's Disease & Mental Health


Mental Health




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Depression, Anxiety, Executive Function & Dopamine


Depression and other non-motor symptoms have become

an NIH research priority. 


Dealing effectively with depression can improve your quality of life.



". . . when patients describe a degree of disability that is far greater than their motor examination suggests, it is important to look for signs of a depressive disorder.  Successful treatment of depression improves intellectual deficits, fatigue, and slowness, and patients are better able to pursue regular exercise and other compensatory strategies that maximize function . . . "


Dr. Laura Marsh, Johns Hopkins



This is one of my favorite prints,  "Drowning Girl" by Roy Lichtenstein.  She is saying, "I don't care! I'd rather sink than call Brad for help!" It illustrates how I felt before I got help for depression; it also represents the difficulty I have asking for help to this day.  I look at this print on my wall and its absurdity makes me smile - and take action.


from her article, "Psychiatric symptom or normal response?"

read the whole article here, plus more information on Your Mind & Emotion

on the APDA Young Onset website


Links to more information




National Institute for Mental Health: Depression & PD


Laura Marsh & Ariel Berk, (pdf format)  "Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Parkinson's: Recent Advances"    

"The Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Parkinson's Disease," by Dr. Marsh (pdf format)    

PubMed Search Results on Links Between Depression, Cognition & PD    

Depression & PD - NPF's Dr. Lieberman    

"Disturbances in Higher Functioning in PD," European Neurology

      "Cognitive slowing in Parkinson's disease: a behavioral evaluation independent of motor slowing," J of Neuroscience  

Dopamine is an important component to thinking and the brain - including and beyond Parkinson's Disease




"Dopamine & PD," Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard University, Lansbury Research Group

    "Cognitive Control: The Role of Dopamine,"  the Washington University Cognitive Control & Psychopathology Lab  
     "A Computational Role for Dopamine Delivery in Human Decision Making," Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience  
    "Dopamine and the regulation of cognition and attention," Progress in Neurobiology  

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