Stroke: Dealing With Depression

Overview

It is common to feel sad about changes caused by the stroke. Sometimes the injury to the brain from the stroke can cause depression.

If you think you might be depressed, tell your doctor right away. The sooner you know if you are depressed, the sooner you can get treatment. Treatment can help you feel better.

Your doctor will want to know if in the past 2 weeks:

  • You have lost interest or pleasure in doing things.
  • You have been feeling sad, hopeless, or empty.

Your doctor may also ask about sleep troubles or changes in eating.

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