Tag Archives: depression

depression is under-recognized in Parkinson’s

The recent events around Robin Williams’ suicide and the revelation he was battling the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, as well as depression, brings to light the importance of managing the non-motor issues related to neurodegenerative disease. Depression is common in PD, and occurs in approximately one-quarter of those diagnosed. More importantly, depression and anxiety can occur up to 10… Read more »

From research to real life: feel better and sleep better with yoga

– Recently, a systematic review of 16 scientific studies was published on the effects of yoga on depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, sleep complaints, eating disorders and cognition problems (Murali Doraiswamy et al., Frontiers in Psychiatry 2013). What did they find? This review found that a yoga program can improve biological factors related to mental health and have similar benefits as antidepressants and psychotherapy. Physiologically,… Read more »

Tutorial – yoga for depression in Parkinson’s – part 2

I wanted to following up with my introduction to depression in Parkinson’s disease and the benefits of yoga (hello, Breath of Joy!). In this TUTORIAL (new regular post!) are 3 yoga poses that I find are constructive ways to release tension, improve mood and find balance. 1. Gentle BackBends or Heart Openers Here, I want to offer 2 suggestions… 1.A…. Read more »

yoga for depression in Parkinson’s – part 1

Depression is common in Parkinson’s disease, but is not easily distinguished. The implications of depression in someone with PD and their caregiver(s) can be as grave as physical symptoms, especially since there is a reluctance to admit you are suffering from depression. – In Parkinson’s, depression is less about guilt and self-reproach, but is more focused on the symptoms of… Read more »