New Study Links Depression to Parkinson's Disease

According to a study in the latest issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, people with depression are three times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those without depression.

Researchers at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan analyzed the medical records of more than 4,600 people with depression and more than 18,500 free of depression over 10 years. They also looked at the risk of Parkinson’s disease after excluding people who were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease within two or five years following their depression diagnosis. People with depression were found to be 3.24 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.

Read the full study.

Date originally posted: October 4, 2013.