Poststroke depression: prevalence, course, and associated factors

Neuropsychol Rev. 1996 Sep;6(3):107-33. doi: 10.1007/BF01874894.


Despite the considerable amount of research that has been undertaken on poststroke depression, a review of the literature demonstrates that there are many inconclusive findings in the area. In particular, the causes and course of the disorder remain to be firmly established. While studies of prevalence differ with respect to the nature and timing of their assessment procedures, most conclude that poststroke depression has a negative impact on the rehabilitation of the stroke patient. Very little research is available on te relationship between poststroke depression and care-giver burden. However, recent studies have adopted more rigorous methodological procedures, allowing some insights into the complex mixture of factors which determine the occurrence of poststroke depression.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers / psychology
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / psychology*
  • Cost of Illness
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology*
  • Depressive Disorder / rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Neurocognitive Disorders / diagnosis
  • Neurocognitive Disorders / psychology*
  • Neurocognitive Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Quality of Life
  • Sick Role
  • Treatment Outcome