Characteristics of depression in Parkinson's disease: Evaluating with Zung's Self-Rating Depression Scale

Fumio Kanda, Kenichi Oishi, Kenji Sekiguchi, Atsushi Kuga, Hiroshi Kobessho, Toshihiko Shirafuji, Masatsugu Higuchi, Hiroyuki Ishihara

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to elucidate characteristics of depression in Parkinson's disease (PD). Fifty-eight PD patients were evaluated with Zung's Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) and the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS). Scores for "suicidal ideation" on the SDS correlated with posture and gait disturbances on the UPDRS. Twenty-six patients with spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD) were also evaluated with the SDS. SDS scores for "indecisiveness" and "constipation" were significantly higher in PD patients than SCD patients. Our results suggest that depression is common in disabled persons but PD patients might have a characteristic clinical presentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-23
Number of pages5
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Indecisiveness
  • Parkinson's disease
  • SDS
  • Spinocerebellar degeneration
  • Suicidal ideation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Neurology

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