We all know that gait and postural instability problems are major symptoms of PSP.
Some sufferers are also diagnosed with depression as a symptom and treated with antidepressants.
Antidepressants have been used (with limited success) in assisting with movement problems (reasons why they work for this symptom is unsure). It has been documented that balance problems worsen for some patients on antidepressants.
PSP sufferers are usually elderly (average 63 years symptom onset).
Now, a newly published paper states ….. "Earlier studies linked depression to an increased risk of falls and gait impairment among older adults". However, "Antidepressant use is independently associated with gait impairment, but depressive symptoms are not, a new study of nearly 2,000 community-dwelling older adults demonstrates".
Confusing ? Especially for those with PSP and medicated with antidepressants.
Is the bottom line "do not medicate PSP sufferers with antidepressants if you want to avoid increasing their falls, irrespective of whether they seem to have depression?"