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Stroke is a major cause of death and disability worldwide. In the United States, there are approximately 790,000 new cases each year. Neuropsychiatric disorders are often associated with stroke and, among them, depression is the most prevalent.

The importance of detecting post stroke depression is emphasized as a requirement for Joint Commission-sponsored Comprehensive Stroke Center certifications. However, best practice policies and guidelines for post stroke depression screening methods and treatment interventions are controversial worldwide. Despite conflicting theories about screening methods and treatment interventions, longitudinal studies show universal consensus that, if left untreated, post stroke depression does negatively impact recovery outcomes.

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While efforts to improve and standardize screening and treatment policies and procedures are ongoing, the need for increased public awareness of post stroke depression, still remains an area of great concern. Resources and support for post stroke depression can be easily obtained from most medical providers. Stroke survivors and their loved ones are encouraged to ask their primary care providers or their stroke providers for more information.

Please join me in my efforts to spread stroke awareness to the members of our community.

Christine Coppenbarger, BSW
Masterís in Social Work candidate at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

[Posted May 11, 2017]

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