Researchers Find New Connection Between Depression & Parkinson’s Disease (VIDEO)

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Philadelphia CBS reporting: “People newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease often struggle with not just depression, but anxiety and fatigue as well according to a new study conducted here in Philadelphia. 3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl has more on the research.  This comes just a day after it was revealed that Robin Williams had Parkinson’s and was severely depressed.

The new research from Penn Medicine covered over 400 newly diagnosed Parkinson’s patients.  Stahl talked to a man who knows the disease, he says, too well.  Ron Robbins needs help with everything. Tremors and stiffness from Parkinson’s Disease make simply standing or walking an ordeal. The 73-year-old has a cane equipped with a laser light to help him focus movements. He was diagnosed five years ago.

“It’s really a devastating disease. There are many days I don’t want to get out of bed. I don’t want to move,” said Ron. He says the depression can be overwhelming, and understands why Robin Williams took his own life. Ron says antidepressants help him cope.”


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