This is a subject that we dare to talk about, but it is all the more important to treat since depression is a more common disease among people with Parkinson’s disease, where it affects a person close to a person On two. Most of the time, depression would be secondary to the biological changes caused to the brain by Parkinson’s disease, rather than in response to the diagnosis and its consequences for quality of life.
Depression can be defined as a persistent sad mood or lack of joy for several weeks and affecting different facets of a person’s life. Some of its symptoms can be confused with those of Parkinson’s disease, such as lack of appetite or loss of energy, making diagnosis more difficult.
The effectiveness of antidepressants is as good for people with Parkinson’s as when they are used by everyone. Currently, none of them could be proven more effective or safer than another in treating depression in people with Parkinson’s disease. Research is currently underway on this subject.
If the monitoring of depression is done by a doctor other than your usual doctor, it is important to always mention all the medications you are taking to avoid drug interactions. These are particularly common with the use of certain antidepressants. Taking all your medications at the same pharmacy also reduces the risk of interaction. In the same vein, be careful when taking St. John’s Wort, a natural product sometimes recommended for the treatment of mild depression. Indeed, although it may be effective, this product may interact negatively with several drugs, making it a risky choice for people already taking a heavy medication.
It should be kept in mind that treatment of depression is not just a matter of medication, psychotherapy is a supplement or alternative that often provides the desired relief.
Several effective solutions exist, do not hesitate to talk about it.