1. Depression in Neurologic Disorders: Why Should Neurologists Care?

  1. Andres M. Kanner MD1,2,3
  1. Andres M. Kanner MD1,2,3

Published Online: 4 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118348093.ch1

Depression in Neurologic Disorders: Diagnosis and Management

Depression in Neurologic Disorders: Diagnosis and Management

How to Cite

Kanner, A. M. (2012) Depression in Neurologic Disorders: Why Should Neurologists Care?, in Depression in Neurologic Disorders: Diagnosis and Management (ed A. M. Kanner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118348093.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Departments of Neurological Sciences and Psychiatry, Rush Medical College at Rush University, Chicago, IL, USA

  2. 2

    Laboratory of EEG and Video-EEG-Telemetry, Chicago, IL, USA

  3. 3

    Section of Epilepsy and Rush Epilepsy Center, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departments of Neurological Sciences and Psychiatry, Rush Medical College at Rush University, Chicago, IL, USA

  2. 2

    Laboratory of EEG and Video-EEG-Telemetry, Chicago, IL, USA

  3. 3

    Section of Epilepsy and Rush Epilepsy Center, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 24 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330588

Online ISBN: 9781118348093

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Keywords:

  • major depressive disorders;
  • interictal dysphoric disorder;
  • poststroke depression;
  • hippocampal atrophy;
  • orbitofrontal atrophy

Summary

Depressive disorders are a frequent psychiatric comorbidity in patients with neurologic disease with prevalence rates ranging between 30% and 50%. Yet, despite their relative high prevalence, they remain underrecognized and undertreated.

Depressive disorders can have a negative impact on the course and response to treatment of several neurologic disorders, including stroke, migraine, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's dementia. This chapter reviews some of the evidence and tries to make the case of why neurologists should care to recognize early the presence of a comorbid depressive disorder and facilitate its treatment.