Post-stroke depression: Focus on diagnosis and management during stroke rehabilitation

Elizabeth A. Johnson, Tamilyn Bakas, Linda S. Williams

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Depression, the most frequent neuropsychological problem after stroke, is greatly influenced by the complex relationships between the neurobiological and psychological changes that occur after stroke. Post-stroke depression leads to negative rehabilitation outcomes including less participation in therapy, extended recovery time, significantly decreased quality of life, and increased utilization of health care resources. Because of the high prevalence of post-stroke depression, all stroke survivors should be screened early in the rehabilitation process. Use of a biopsychosocial framework acknowledges the multifactorial etiology of post-stroke depression and contributes to effective, evidence-based treatment. Attention to the needs of the family caregivers further promotes successful post-stroke rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)492-496
Number of pages5
JournalGeriatrics and Aging
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007


  • Depression
  • Recovery
  • Risk factors
  • Stroke
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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