Recent events have underscored the fact that changes in mood, depression and anxiety frequently accompany Parkinson's disease. Emotional well-being and having the necessary therapeutic tools and support systems in place for managing Parkinson's symptoms are paramount to quality of life and Houston Area Parkinson Society works hard to ensure that vital resources for those living with a diagnosis are available. From therapeutic exercise groups and transportation to education and a full range of social services, we address crucial needs.
HAPS has three experienced licensed Master's level social workers on staff who are available to help with these and other issues, however, if you need immediate help you should contact one of the resources below. The following press release issued by Parkinson's Disease Foundation provides national resources and local ones provided by HAPS are also listed.PDF Response to Revelation of Robin Williams' Diagnosis with Disease
- Aug 14 2014
Robin Williams' widow, Susan Schneider, recently released a statement that the well-known actor was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF), a member of the Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations, has published information in response to this revelation which has raised many questions in the community and amongst the media concerning the effects of a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and symptoms such as depression.
Here are some facts from PDF on the symptoms being discussed in the media and a statement from PDF President, Robin Anthony Elliott:
- PDF estimates that up to 60 percent of people with Parkinson's experience mild or moderate symptoms of depression at some point in the disease.
- Thirty percent of people with Parkinson's disease are diagnosed with depression before ever receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
- There is not yet one answer on what causes depression, but it is likely a combination of the stress of living with a chronic disease and changes in the brain that accompany Parkinson's disease.
- There are strategies available for treating depression, including but not limited to, medications. It is important to address depression early, as it affects quality of life.
- Parkinson's disease is very variable from person to person. Each individual will have a unique experience and journey with the disease and its symptoms.
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The community is invited to browse PDF’s free educational resources below:
The following is a list of local resources for suicide prevention in Houston:
- Houston Police Department Crisis Intervention Team: 713-884-3131 or http://www.houstontx.gov/police/cit.htm
- Crisis Hotline: 713-HOTLINE (468-5463), Spanish: 713-526-8088
- Texas Suicide Prevention: 800-273-TALK (8255), Spanish: 800-628-9454
- Mobile Crisis Outreach Team: 713-970-4663; 24/7
- Neuropsychiatric Center of Harris County: 713-970-7070; 24/7