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:
Feel negative, hopeless, or "down in the
Have a noticeable loss of interest or pleasure in almost
People who are depressed may also:
Lose or gain weight.
or increased appetite.
Have difficulty falling asleep or sleep too
much. They usually feel tired all the time.
Feel worthless or
Be more irritable or angry.
Be unable to
concentrate, remember, or make decisions as well as they did before the
Have recurring thoughts of death or suicide. If
you or your loved one has
warning signs of suicide, seek medical help
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. The sooner you know if you are depressed, the sooner you can get treatment. Treatment can help you feel
Towfighi A, et al. (2016). Poststroke depression: A scientific statement for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke, published online December 8, 2016. DOI: 10.1161/STR.0000000000000113. Accessed April 5, 2017.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRichard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation