and Apathy Are Linked - Frontal Cortex Center for Both Disorders - More
People Diagnosed Before the Age of 50
July 10th 2006
More people are being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease before the age
of 50. Also, researchers in Florida have found that Parkinson’s
disease patients can be apathetic without being depressed. They believe
apathy could be the core feature of the disease. This is a mental state
characterized by a loss of motivation, loss of interest and loss of
Depression is different from apathy in that people with depression have
a negative mood. Although people with apathy and depression have
similar symptoms, the person with apathy has a “neutral” mood.
This study compared 80 people with Parkinson disease to 20 people with
dystonia, another movement disorder. It was hypothesized that people
with Parkinson’s disease would be more apathetic because Parkinson’s
affects the frontal cortex of the brain. The frontal cortex is involved
in non-motor skills.