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By jillc On 2012.01.05 17:10
My husband is 57, and was diagnosed with Parkinsons about a year ago. At the time of his diagnosis, he had been unemployed for two years, and has been dealing with Depression for many years. He has been on and off medications for Depression over the years, and nothing has seemed to work. His case is very unusual, and the doctors don't seem to understand how to treat him.
He is very energetic, very happy, not a care in the world one day, and the next day his has no energy, very down and depressed and basically does nothing all day. I describe it like a faucet- full force one day, just a drip the next. Since last fall, the "bad" days have seemed to have gotten worse, and he sleeps through most of those days. We don't know which direction to go...Should he be going back to the neurologist, or seeing a psychiatrist/psychologist for this type of problem?

By packerman On 2012.01.06 09:43
my hubby is also Early Onset (at age 38; he's now 55) and had depression since early adulthood.
about 6 years ago, his depression became bipolar (manic/depressive).
he was "rapid-cycling" several times a day. it snuck up on both of us.

he sees both his Movement Disorder Specialist in Neurology for his PD and is under a psychiatrist's care and takes additional meds for his bipolar.
(psychiatrists can prescribe meds, psychologists and MSW's cannot.)

he is medicine compliant and is doing well with both conditions.

you can find more info at (depression and bipolar alliance)

By jillc On 2012.01.06 10:57
Thanks for the help. I will check out the website you recommended.

By olpilot On 2012.11.25 01:26
I was diagnosised with PD a bit over a year ago. It started about 8 to 10 years ago. I also began early on with depression, which is what I was first treated for. It cost me my career, I was an airline capt. and being treated for depression was not allowed, so medically was disqualified, didn't help the depression thats for sure, but I was having balance problems, getting stiff and slow. I didn't know if it was just getting older or what.

Then in the course of medical tests they found a pretty severe cervical stenosis, my c3,4,5,6 were completely closed off. It seems they put my physical problems up to that. I had surgery for it, they said the symptoms would not improve, but shouldn't get worse. But other things kept happening, so we kept looking. Unusual movements, fasiculations they cxalled them, not caused by the stenosis, maybe ALS. Tested for that, thank God not that but the drs were at a loss.He said it's not ALS, not MS, then paused. My wife asked about PD which we had suspected, he prescribed sinemey, small dose, and it worked, things got better. We were actually relieved.

Long story, but I also slept for almost 3 years till I was taken off the antidepressants. Being treated for PD took care of the depression too. Now for the most part I feel good, balance problems coming back, I suppose anyhere change in meds, but PD can really cause mood, anxiety, depression problems. I guess my point is you really need to treat PD and some of the other things may take care of them selves.

Something else is I didn't/don't have tremors, visible anyway. About a third of people don't so pay attention to the other symptoms.

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By Lynnie2 On 2014.12.07 14:46
My relative doesn't have PD but been on Paxil for 10 years for anxiety.
It started wearing off and he experienced anger and noises bothered him and became very emotional and he couldn't work.
He has been on short term disability and went to the Mental Health nurse and a physiatrist who weaned him off the medication. Paxil is as bad a heroin to get off of they say.
The Mental Health worker saw signs that he might be ADHD and sent him to be evaluated and was diagnosed as highly ADHD. He is only in his early 40 and all his life had problems with school and anxiety.
They are prescribing another drug for ADHD. He hasn't started yet, but he feels so much better knowing that he isn't crazy and other people have this problem. Hopefully he can get back to work and feel like a normal person soon.
I suggest that your spouse gets help and hopefully find someone who can prescribe the right thing for him.

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