Depression is a symptom of Parkinsonís disease, separate from the emotional response that comes with a diagnosis. As many as 50 percent of people with Parkinsonís show clinically significant symptoms of depression at some point in their disease course.
Depression in Parkinsonís may be due to the underlying changes in brain chemistry and circuitry from the disease itself. Evidence for this includes the fact that depression can predate a Parkinsonís diagnosis by a decade or more. More information is available on our Depression and Anxiety page.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation continues to pursue a single, urgent goal: the eradication of Parkinsonís disease. Explore our website for more information, connections to the Parkinsonís community, and resources for living with Parkinsonís disease.