TITLE

Treating Post-stroke Depression

AUTHOR(S)
Waters, Amber
PUB. DATE
December 2005
SOURCE
PN;Dec2005, Vol. 59 Issue 12, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents information on post-stroke depression. Emotional changes are common after stroke. The most common reaction is depression. Related symptoms may include: excessive crying, fatigue, sleep or eating disturbances, withdrawal from family or friends, indifference or not caring about things, difficulty concentrating, loss of interest in activities and others. Because post-stroke depression is often under-diagnosed and under-treated, it is an important target for quality improvement efforts in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Current evidence shows that treatment with an antidepressant can improve symptoms in patients with post-stroke depression. Two results expected from early detection and treatment of post-stroke depression are improved recovery and better quality of life for stroke survivors and their families.
ACCESSION #
18896025

 

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