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Depression itself can be a symptom of Parkinson's, experts say
Depression itself can be a symptom of Parkinson's, experts say

Patients with Parkinson's disease often suffer from depression, medical experts said Thursday, after Robin Williams' widow revealed that the comedian was in "early stages" of the neurological disease at the time of his apparent suicide. The same biochemical changes in the brain that cause the hallmark physical symptoms of Parkinson's -- tremors, slowed movement, rigidity, balance loss -- can also affect mood, said Dr. Jeff Bronstein, a neurologist in the Movement Disorder Program at UCLA.  "Obviously getting the diagnosis can make people depressed," he said. "But we also know that there's a much higher incidence of depression even...

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