Psychopathological Symptoms of Depression in Parkinson’s Disease Compared to Major DepressionMerschdorf U. · Berg D. · Csoti I. · Fornadi F. · Merz B. · Naumann M. · Becker G. · Supprian T.
Departments of aPsychiatry and bNeurology, University of Würzburg; cGertrudis Hospital, Biskirchen; Departments of dNeurology and ePsychiatry, University of Homburg/Saar, Germany
Parkinson’s disease is frequently associated with depressive symptoms. When depression occurs at early stages and before the onset of characteristic motor symptoms of the disease, differential diagnosis of major depression may be difficult. Differences in psychopathological features of depression in Parkinson’s disease and major depression have been reported by some authors. This study presents data of 49 patients with depression in Parkinson’s disease and 38 patients with major depression. The severity of depressive symptoms was equivalent in both groups. Depressive features did not differ between the two groups with exception of affective flattening, delusional ideas and suicide attempts. In conclusion, this investigation gives support to the assumption of a common neurobiological origin of depression in Parkinson’s disease and major depression.
Dr. U. Merschdorf
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Received: July 18, 2002
Accepted after revision: March 21, 2003
Number of Print Pages : 5
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 4, Number of References : 46
Psychopathology (International Journal of Descriptive and Experimental Psychopathology, Phenomenology and Psychiatric Diagnosis)
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Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), Section of Clinical Psychopathology and Section of Classification and Diagnostic Assessment
Vol. 36, No. 5, Year 2003 (Cover Date: September-October 2003)
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