Depression in Parkinson’s disease: how nurses can help

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Emma Edwards highlights the effect depression can have on patients with Parkinson’s disease and the need for support from Parkinson’s disease nurse specialists

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological condition that is characterised by tremor, stiffness, and slowness. These overt physical signs are commonly referred to as ‘motor symptoms’. However, signs unrelated to movement can manifest along the way, or even before the disease is formally diagnosed; these ‘non-motor symptoms’ can include autonomic, memory, mental health, and mood problems.

When a person is diagnosed with PD, a multi-disciplinary health and social care team often supports them. The team can include neurologists, occupational therapists, and Parkinson’s disease nurse specialists (PDNSs). PDNSs are often central in coordinating care, conducting regular monitoring of the person with PD, managing medication, and generally being an accessible source of information and advice for patients, families, and other healthcare professionals…

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