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Post-Stroke Depression and Mood Disorders

Chapter 18
Post-Stroke Depression and Mood Disorders
A variety of psychological disorders may develop following stroke, namely depression. Post-stroke depression has been reported to affect approximately one-third of individuals. These rates may also be influenced by a combination of factors such as age, sex, socioeconomic status, functional independence, cognitive impairment, and stroke severity. The presence of post-stroke depression can significantly impact a wide range of outcomes and overall stroke recovery. Several studies have investigated pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options for post-stroke depression. However, no consensus has been reached regarding the most effective and viable treatment. This chapter explores the evidence regarding interventions for the prevention and treatment of post-stroke depression, as well as its prevalence, predictors, and consequences. A brief overview of another mood disorder, post-stroke emotionalism, is also provided.
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