Male stroke survivors ‘more likely to suffer depression’

12 September 2012

Male stroke survivors are more likely to suffer depression than their female counterparts, according to a new study.

Research published in the journal the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found that if people recovering from the cardiovascular incident are unsure of their health outcome, they are more likely to be depressed.

Furthermore, the relationship between outcome and depression was found to be stronger in men than women.

Dr Michael J McCarthy, of the University of Cincinnati, explained that for some of the men suffering from depression, experiencing a stroke could be perceived as a loss of power and prestige, which can cause more distress and greater depressive symptoms.

He said: "These findings suggest that reducing health ambiguity through proactive communication with patients and family members may be an effective approach for reducing survivor distress and, ultimately, for improving rehabilitation outcomes.”

Post-stroke depression is a major issue, affecting around 33 per cent of stroke survivors.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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