The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) has recently learned from a statement released by Robin Williams' widow, Susan Schneider, that the well known actor was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease. This news raised many questions in the community and amongst the media concerning the effects of a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and symptoms such as depression.
While depression and anxiety are quite common in Parkinson’s disease – more than half of people with Parkinson’s will experience one or the other during their lifetime – they can often be successfully managed with medications under the supervision of a doctor who specializes in PD.
Anyone who has questions about this, or needs assistance in finding a doctor specializing in Parkinson's disease, is invited to call the National HelpLine of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at (800) 457 6676 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also browse the facts and resources we’ve gathered below on depression and anxiety in PD.