Recognizing Poststroke Depression


  • Elizabeth A. Bruckbauer BS RN

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    • Elizabeth A. Bruckbauer is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI, in the nurse practitioner program focusing on primary care of chronically ill adults and the aged.

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Depression following stroke is a complication that frequently is untreated. Lack of awareness of those at risk for poststroke depression, combined with lack of information about depression in stroke patients, may be one reason for this neglect. This article reviews recent studies on characteristics of poststroke depression. The location of the lesion, degree of functional loss, and distinction between major and dysthymic (minor) depression all are factors that influence poststroke depression.