Recognizing and Dealing With Depression After a Stroke
It is common for a person who has had a
stroke to feel sad and become
depressed about the disabilities caused by the stroke.
Sometimes the injury to the brain from the stroke can cause depression.
Depression is a serious condition that needs treatment.
Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia in older people. Because it has a lower profile than Alzheimer's, many people don't suspect vascular dementia when forgetfulness becomes problematic. It's also difficult to diagnose so it's difficult to know exactly how many people suffer from vascular dementia. Current estimates attribute 15% to 20% of dementia cases in older adults to vascular dementia.
Determining the root cause can help determine the best action plan. If it's vascular...
Have difficulty falling asleep or sleep too
much. They usually feel tired all the time.
Feel worthless or
Be more irritable or angry.
Be unable to
concentrate, remember, or make decisions as well as they did before the
Have recurring thoughts of death or suicide. If
you or your loved one has
warning signs of suicide, seek medical help
People with depression may be reluctant to seek help, because
they feel that it is a sign of personal weakness or a character flaw or that
they should be able to "pull out of it" on their own. We now know that
depression, like other medical conditions, has a chemical and biological basis.
Treatment for depression is safe and usually effective even for severely
It may be hard for you to recognize that you are
depressed. If you think that you may be depressed, talk with your doctor. If depression is not treated, it can get worse over time and may
slow your recovery. For more information, see the topic Depression.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
June 28, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 28, 2011
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