Depression in Parkinson’s Disease


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Parkinson disease is a complex neurodegenerative disorder accompanied with motor and non-motor symptoms. Often times, the non-motor symptoms of the disease are not as easily recognized and can negatively affect quality of life. Current research has shown that depression, as a non-motor symptom and comorbidity in Parkinson disease, is common and needs to be treated effectively. In this educational webinar, we discuss the non-motor symptoms of depression in Parkinson disease, barriers in recognizing these depressive symptoms, and the recommended available treatments to manage depression in patients with Parkinson disease.




Presenter:


Kimberly Singian RN, MSN 

Kimberly Singian, the recipient of the University of British Columbia Nursing Division – Golden Jubilee Scholarship and an Applied Science Rising Star in 2016, is a Registered Nurse in an acute stroke cohort and medical unit at Royal Columbian Hospital in British Columbia.
 
Her pan-Canadian research study on patients with concurrent diagnoses of Parkinson disease and depression received the 2016 Outstanding Thesis Award and is gaining special recognition in the Parkinson community after being published in CMAJ-Open in August, 2016. 






Presenter:


Dr. Zahra Goodarzi  

Dr. Zahra Goodarzi is a new Geriatrician at the University of Calgary. Her research interests focus on mental illness in Neurological diseases specifically Parkinson's disease and Dementia. Her recent work has focused on how we can improve the care provided for those experiencing depression or anxiety in PD or dementia. This work includes understanding how we can best detect depression in those experiencing PD. 










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