A validation study of depressive syndromes in Parkinson's disease.

  title={A validation study of depressive syndromes in Parkinson's disease.},
  author={Sergio E. Starkstein and Marcelo Merello and Ricardo Jorge and Simone Brockman and David Bruce and Gustavo Petracca and Robert G. Robinson},
  journal={Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society},
  volume={23 4},
The validity, sensitivity, and specificity of depressive symptoms for the diagnosis of major depression, minor depression, dysthymic disorder, and subsyndromal depression in Parkinson's disease (PD) were examined. A consecutive series of 173 patients with PD attending a Movement Disorders Clinic underwent a comprehensive psychiatric and neurological assessment. The symptoms of loss of interest/pleasure, changes in appetite or weight, changes in sleep, low energy, worthlessness or inappropriate… CONTINUE READING