Neuropsychiatric features of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive, neurodegenerative condition that damages central nervous system pathways. In addition to the wellrecognised motor features of the disease, patients commonly experience nonmotor symptoms including neuropsychiatric complications. These symptoms may precede motor symptoms and have a very significant impact on quality of life for patients and their carers.

Keywords Dementia, depression, impulsivity, neuropsychiatric, Parkinson’s, psychosis

Should practitioners promote physical activity as a treatment for depression?

For many years, experts have been debating the pros and cons of exercise for depression. Proponents of exercise for depression point to those clinical trials which have shown that exercise improves mood, while sceptics point out the methodological problems in many of the apparently positive trials, and the uncertainties around the acceptability of exercise as a treatment for depression.