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“Depression Team” Yields Best Results for Parkinson’s Patients

Posted Jul 22 2013 12:26pm

During the 17th Annual International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Sydney, Australia, June 16-20, 2013 a study by Peter Schmidt, Ph.D. was delivered which addressed the “Approach to Treatment of Depression in Parkinson’s Disease”.  This study showed that Parkinson’s patients with depression benefited most when they were treated by mental health professionals or social workers in conjunction with medications.

Peter Schmidt Ph.D. is the lead author of the study and Vice President of Programs at the National Parkinson Foundation.  This study determined that team care, the cooperation of the neurologist, a psychiatrist and a social worker or counselor gives the best result for the Parkinson’s patient – not just prescribing anti-depressants. “The study, analyzing 2,423 patients at 10 NPF Centers of Excellence found 1,121 depressed patients (46%), but at the best center only 30% showed signs of depression.  Centers prescribed antidepressant medications to between 29% and 63% of their depressed patients, but high-prescribing centers achieved no significant reduction in depression versus low-prescribing centers.  Other treatments, however, did correlate with better outcomes.”

It only makes sense that a solid team approach will benefit the Parkinson’s patient to give a better result in battling depression that can come with a diagnosis of PD.  For more information about this study go to this Press Release .

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