Posted by Deborah Pujoue on May 3, 2012
If you suffer from Parkinson’s Disease and are thinking about taking antidepressants, you may be happy to know that a new study has found that you can take antidepressants without suffering from any added complications to your condition.
“Depression is the No. 1 factor negatively affecting the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease,” said Irene Hegeman Richard, M.D., who led the study. “It causes a great deal of suffering among patients. The great news here is that it’s treatable. And when the depression is treated adequately, many of the other symptoms become much more manageable for patients.”
While this news might sound like it’s heaven-sent, there is one thing that this study did not mention, and that is the side effects of the antidepressant drugs themselves. There are some side effects linked to antidepressant medications like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil that may not have been properly considered during this study. Patients have been known to suffer from aggressive and suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and these drugs have also been proven to cause birth defects in babies exposed to them in the womb. Some of those birth defects include PPHN, neural tube defects, oral clefts and more. The study certainly neglected to mention that while they were mentioning the benefits to taking the drugs.
Many Parkinson’s patients suffer from depression, but Richard says, “it’s very important to note that these patients are not depressed simply because they are dealing with a chronic neurological condition. Rather, the depression is caused by the underlying disease process, which also causes problems with movement and balance.”
Parkinson’s Disease is hard enough to live with, but I am quite squeamish at any studies that come out in praise of using medications that are proven to be unsafe. And many doctors and research papers can attest to the fact that antidepressants don’t even work, anyway. For a decade at least, it has been proven that antidepressants work no better than placebos at treating depression. It seems that exercise and talk therapy have a better overall effect than meds do, but studies keep coming out trying to praise their use.
If you are a pregnant woman or are planning on becoming pregnant, I wouldn’t advise you taking medication to treat your depression; at least not before trying other non medicinal methods like diet, exercise and yoga.