Stroke and Depression

Monday, June 04, 2012

Depression after a stroke or transient ischemic attack is common. However, many of those suffering from depression after an attack are not getting treated for it. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study about stroke and depression in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Many people who have a stroke or so-called mini-stroke become depressed afterward, yet most are not getting ample treatment for their depression.

A study published in the journal Stroke included 1,450 adults whod had a stroke and nearly 400 whod had a transient ischemic attack, or mini-stroke.

About 18 percent of the stroke survivors and about 14 percent of those whod had a TIA were depressed three months after hospitalization. A year after stroke, about 16 percent were depressed and so were nearly 13 percent of those whod had a TIA.

Depression was more likely to last in people who were younger, were more disabled by their stroke and who were unable to return to work three months after their stroke.

Nearly 70 percent of people with persistent depression werent being treated with antidepressants at either the three- or 12-month mark, the study showed.

Symptoms of depression may include loss of interest in activities that were once pleasurable, feelings of sadness and sleep problems.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.