Apathy or Depression: Which One Is It?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Both depression and apathy are common in Parkinson's. But how can we spot the differences between the two? Learn about these commonly misunderstood Parkinson's symptoms by joining a one­-hour online seminar led by PDF and Dawn Bowers, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical & Health Psychology and Neurology, University of Florida (UF); Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, McKnight Brain Institute; and Neuropsychology Director, UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.

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Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand apathy: what it is, what it is not and how it has a significant impact on the lives of people with Parkinson's and care partners.
  • Learn how apathy differs from depression. 
  • Discover why some treatments for depression can actually worsen apathy.
  • Learn about recent scientific research which points to differences in the brain in those that experience depression versus apathy.
  • Gain an understanding of the evidence-based approaches to easing apathy in Parkinson’s disease.
Dawn Bowers , Ph.D , Professor of Clinical & Health Psychology and Neurology at the University of Florida (UF); Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at McKnight Brain Institute and Neuropsychology Director, UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration


Dr. Bowers is internationally known for her research and expertise in neuropsychology, memory disorders and emotion processing changes in Parkinson's disease. Dr. Bowers’ research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and has resulted in more than 175 peer­-reviewed research articles and presentations. She has also co-­authored books on helping people with memory disorders.

Dr. Bowers received her doctorate and master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Florida. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral neurology at the University of Florida.

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This series has been made possible by educational grants from AbbVie, Inc., Sunovion and Lundbeck LLC.

It is designed in collaboration with Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS); Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS); Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF); the Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF); Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC); Parkinson Association of the Rockies (PAR); Parkinson's Association (PA) and Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana (PSCKY).