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It is common for a person who has had a
stroke to feel sad and become
depressed about the disabilities caused by the stroke.
Sometimes the injury to the brain from the stroke can cause depression.
Depression is a serious condition that needs treatment.
are depressed may:
People who are depressed may also:
People with depression may be reluctant to seek help, because
they feel that it is a sign of personal weakness or a character flaw or that
they should be able to "pull out of it" on their own. We now know that
depression, like other medical conditions, has a chemical and biological basis.
Treatment for depression is safe and usually effective even for severely
It may be hard for you to recognize that you are
depressed. If you think that you may be depressed, talk with your doctor. If depression is not treated, it can get worse over time and may
slow your recovery. For more information, see the topic Depression.
June 28, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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