According to a review article by Loyola University Medical Center physicians, nearly one-third of patients develop depression after having a stroke. Findings in the review indicate that post-stroke depression (PSD) can become severe, and is often linked to worse functional outcomes with increased risks of suicide and death.
Loneliness in elderly adults can lead to depression on its own, but it becomes an even bigger risk factor if your elderly parent recently suffered from a stroke, making it even more important to monitor them for depression particularly if they fit these other risk factors, as indicated in the review:
- Women are more likely to suffer PSD
- Living alone and away from family members
- Changes in lifestyle or marital status
- Degree of functional impairment.
- Depression, in turn, is a risk factor for stroke and stroke recurrence, even after controlling for other risk factors.
The use of certain antidepressant medications known as SSRIs have proven effective when given to stroke patients, early after diagnosis, as a preventive measure. According to the review, these antidepressants have also shown to improve cognitive, functional, and motor recovery.
If your aging loved one recently suffered from a stroke, speak to his or her doctor about all the options to help speed the recovery process and prevent PSD.
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