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Sad or Anxious Feelings With Parkinson’s? How You Can Cope

Mental HealthParkinson’s disease already affects people’s ability to walk and move normally, and when feelings of deep sadness or anxiety are added to the balance, it can make coping especially tough. But if you struggle with depression and anxiety, the good news is that there are many ways to treat these problems.

About 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, and roughly half report mental health problems, says clinical health psychologist Taylor Rush, PhD. “Prevalence rates vary from 40 to 60 percent in the research, and I’d say my experience is reflective of those figures, as I encounter these issues quite often,” she says.

Knowing more about the interplay between mental health issues and Parkinson’s can help, she says.