(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Stroke survivors experiencing depression are more likely to depend on others around them for help, according to a new study from Indiana University.
Noting that depression after stroke is common, Arlene Schmid, PhD, OTR, of Indiana University said in a release, "We wanted to see whether depression and other factors affected function and dependence after stroke."
The team of researchers looked at the data of 367 patients who had survived strokes caused by a blood clot. These survivors, whose ages averaged 62, had exhibited no impairments or severe language problems as a result of the stroke.
Just one month after having a stroke, physicians diagnosed 174 survivors with post-stroke depression. Three months later, 72 survivors were considered dependent.
The study also found that older, more severely depressed survivors of stroke were likely to be dependent compared to younger patients with fewer health problems or depression.
The study is published in the March 15 issue of Neurology.
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