A message from Dr. Martha Nance, chair of the Clinical Advisory Board for the National Parkinson Foundation of Minnesota:
The Minnesota Parkinson’s disease medical community, like the rest if the country, is grieving the recent death of Robin Williams. Even more, we are saddened by the tragic manner if his death. Depression is common in people with Parkinson’s disease, but like many symptoms of the disease, it is often quite treatable.
Many people lead a rewarding and active life for many years after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. If you think you might have Parkinson’s disease, make an appointment with a Parkinson’s specialist to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment: Parkinson Disease Specialists.
And if you are depressed, uncertain, lost, or panicky after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s, or if the recent revelation about Robin Williams has sent you into a tailspin, call your primary care physician, your neurologist, or a mental health specialist for help. Let us hope that Mr. Williams’ tragic death will help others to live better.