A recent study suggests that CBT may be effective for the treatment of depression in patients with Parkinsons disease.7 Because the patients depression is mild, CBT can be initiated first. An antidepressant should be reconsidered if CBT is ineffective. The effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapy has not been studied in depression occurring with Parkinsons disease.
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