The largest unmet hurdle in dealing with Parkinson disease is the treatment of depression.
Many people may assume patients with Parkinson disease have depression because of their diagnosis with Parkinson disease. What needs to be focused on further is the possibility of demoralization, which 1 in 5 patients with Parkinson disease deal with.
Dr Okun is considered a world’s authority on Parkinson’s disease treatment and research. He is currently Executive Director of the Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, Chair of Neurology at the University of Florida, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence and the National Medical Director for the Parkinson’s Foundation.