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Depression and impulse control disorders in Parkinson’s disease

Publication year 2014
Published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
Authors Y.D. van der Werf, Chris Vriend, Tommy Pattij, Pieter Voorn, Jan Booij, Sonja Rutten, Henk W Berendse, Odile A van den Heuvel,

Depression and impulse control disorders (ICD) are two common neuropsychiatric features in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Studies have revealed that both phenomena are associated with aberrations in ventral striatal dopamine signaling and concomitant dysfunction of the reward-related (limbic) cortico-striatal-thalamocortical (CSTC) circuit. Depression in PD seems associated with decreased activity in the limbic CSTC circuit, whereas ICD seem associated with increased limbic CSTC circuit activity, usually after commencing dopamine replacement therapy (DRT). Not all DRT using PD patients, however, develop symptoms of ICD, suggesting an additional underlying neurobiological susceptibility. Furthermore, the symptoms of depression and ICD frequently coincide even though they are related to seemingly contrasting limbic CSTC circuit activation states. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the currently available literature on the neurobiology of PD-related depression and ICD and discusses possible susceptibility factors. Finally, we propose a neurobiological model that identifies ventral striatal dopaminergic denervation as a common underlying neurobiological substrate of depression and ICD and subsequent dysfunction of reward and motivation-related brain areas.

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