Neuropsychiatric outcomes of stroke

Hackett, Maree L orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1211-9087, Köhler, Sebastian, O'Brien, John T and Mead, Gillian E (2014) Neuropsychiatric outcomes of stroke. The Lancet Neurology, 13 (5). pp. 525-534. ISSN 14744422

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The most common neuropsychiatric outcomes of stroke are depression, anxiety, fatigue, and apathy, which each occur in at least 30% of patients and have substantial overlap of prevalence and symptoms. Emotional lability, personality changes, psychosis, and mania are less common but equally distressing symptoms that are also challenging to manage. The cause of these syndromes is not known, and there is no clear relation to location of brain lesion. There are important gaps in knowledge about how to manage these disorders, even for depression, which is the most studied syndrome. Further research is needed to identify causes and interventions to prevent and treat these disorders.

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