Parkinson's and Moods

Any of us with Parkinson’s know that our moods are affected by this disorder. Much of it has to do with the change in the chemistry of our brains. There are good medications available to help us, however, there are other activities that can help as well. Exercises like Tai-Chi, yoga, and others can not only help our moods of depression and anxiety but can also increase our range of motion, and balance which are always problems with PD. I read a blog the other day from the Michael J. Fox website that took my fancy and I decided to share it with you all. It’s about cartoons (probably not what you were expecting me to say)! Here is the link to the blog. Take a look and let’s share something about humor and PD.
https://www.michaeljfox.org/foundation/news-detail.php?could-cartoons-help-treat-depression-in-parkinson-disease

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Parkinson's Disease Support Group.

I wish that my hubby could do something ike Tai-Chi or yoga. Unformately, he is to the stage where all he can manage is his stationary bike on some day. However, as a caregiver, I have found that these exercise hep to reduce my stress – when I can find the time to attend the classes!

REPLY
@tntredhead

I wish that my hubby could do something ike Tai-Chi or yoga. Unformately, he is to the stage where all he can manage is his stationary bike on some day. However, as a caregiver, I have found that these exercise hep to reduce my stress – when I can find the time to attend the classes!

Jump to this post

@tntredhead Thanks for letting us know what reduces stress for you. Does your husband respond to humor?

REPLY
In reply to @annmerc "" + (show)

Hello @annmerc, and welcome to Connect. I see that you posted an empty message. Was this on purpose or did you mean to post something more?

If you would like more information on how to use Connect, you can find it here, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/get-started-on-connect/.
Or, if you would like, feel free to send me a personal message by clicking on my name, then clicking on the blue envelope symbol and typing a message that will only be between you and I.

I can also remove this blank post if you would like. @annmerc, what was it that brought you to the Parkinson’s and Moods discussion?

REPLY
@tntredhead

I wish that my hubby could do something ike Tai-Chi or yoga. Unformately, he is to the stage where all he can manage is his stationary bike on some day. However, as a caregiver, I have found that these exercise hep to reduce my stress – when I can find the time to attend the classes!

Jump to this post

Not often. But he was a pretty serious man prior to this The Redhead

REPLY

I was recently diagnosed with Mild Parkinson Syndrome. I have been taking Citalopram 10 mg for seven weeks. Started having depression past week when I wakeup and all day. However each evening at 5 pm depression goes away. Can anyone explain why it goes away in the evenings? Thanks.

REPLY
@mariemarie

I was recently diagnosed with Mild Parkinson Syndrome. I have been taking Citalopram 10 mg for seven weeks. Started having depression past week when I wakeup and all day. However each evening at 5 pm depression goes away. Can anyone explain why it goes away in the evenings? Thanks.

Jump to this post

Hi @mariemarie,
I moved your message about depression getting better in the evenings to this discussion about Parkinson’s and Moods. I’m also tagging
@knightkris and @johnjames to bring them into the discussion as they too experience depression. It is interesting that your mood improves late in the day. Might this have something to do with when you take your medications? Does your energy level tend to improve as the day progesses? Just some thoughts as I grasp at straws.

REPLY

@mariemarie Hi Marie, This is an interesting question. I’m wondering what time of day you take the Citalopram? As I recall, you are not taking any Parkinson’s meds, is that correct? You might consider calling your neurologist and see if a very low dose of PD meds (even on a trial basis) might be helpful to you, especially regarding the depression. When I started on the PD meds, I followed a Titration Schedule, where I started with a 1/2 pill once a day for a week and then gradually added another 1/2 each week until I was up to 3 full pills per day. It might be worth a try. Teresa

REPLY

I take citalopram when i go to bed at night. What PD med did u go on? And why? Due to depression? I did speak to neurologist yesterday. He said i could up dose to 15 mg from 10…one and half pills. I might try that in next week or two. He said i might wait til citalopram kicks in. Are u on antidepressant s?

REPLY
@mariemarie

I was recently diagnosed with Mild Parkinson Syndrome. I have been taking Citalopram 10 mg for seven weeks. Started having depression past week when I wakeup and all day. However each evening at 5 pm depression goes away. Can anyone explain why it goes away in the evenings? Thanks.

Jump to this post

Hi. I take med at bedtime. Yes…i feel like my old self around 5 pm. Feel good. Then next morning…depression.

REPLY
Please sign in or register to post a reply.