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.
People who 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 depressed people.
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.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|Last Revised||June 28, 2011|
Last Revised: June 28, 2011
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