'Perfect Storm': Parkinson's Disease May Worsen Depression

August 15, 2014 2:36 AM

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'Perfect Storm': Parkinson's Disease May Worsen Depression

Robin Williams was struggling with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and depression when he took his life, his wife said Thursday, and health experts say the two are closely linked. Parkinson’s, it turns out, can produce depression even in those who have never suffered from it before.

“I think it makes absolute sense that if you have a pre-existing depression and you get a disorder that by itself has a tendency to cause depression and you also just learned you have the disorder, it creates the perfect storm,” said Dr. Jeff Bronstein, a professor of neurology and director of the m...

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