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Post-Stroke Depression and Mood Disorders

Chapter 18
Post-Stroke Depression and Mood Disorders
A variety of emotional and behavioural disorders may develop following stroke. In stroke, prevalence rates of depression and anxiety have been reported to be as high as 24% and 29% respectively. These rates may be influenced by a combination of factors such as age, sex, socioeconomic factors, functional independence post-stroke, and the presence of cognitive disorders post-stroke which play a crucial role in an individual’s emotional well-being and can significantly impact recovery. Many studies have investigated pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options for post-stroke mood disturbances; however, no consensus has been reached regarding the most effective and viable treatment option available although the most effective treatment option appears to be pharmacological. This chapter explores the evidence of the various interventions on reducing post-stroke depression and other mood disorders, and delves into the possible risk factors that can facilitate the occurrence of post-stroke mood disturbances.
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