Navigation Links
Men More Prone to Depression After Stroke: Study
Date:9/13/2012

THURSDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Although depression affects about one-third of all stroke victims, male stroke survivors are more likely to become depressed than females, a small new study suggests.

The gap may be due to men putting extra stock into the notion that they will enjoy good health, one of the researchers explained.

Many of these male stroke survivors "may be accustomed to, and value highly, being in control of their health," said study author Michael McCarthy, of the University of Cincinnati College of Health Sciences School of Social Work. "For these individuals, loss of control due to infirmity caused by stroke could be perceived as a loss of power and prestige. These losses, in turn, may result in more distress and greater depressive syndromes."

The study, published Sept. 12 in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, involved 36 people who had a first stroke within the previous 36 months. Of these stroke survivors, 16 were women and 20 were men.

The researchers assessed the participants' symptoms of depression as well as their ability to perform routine activities, such as bathing and cutting their food. They also examined the amount of uncertainty the survivors had about their health or the outcome of their stroke. The participants were asked to agree or disagree with certain statements, such as "I don't know what's wrong with me," and "I have a lot of questions without answers."

The study revealed that uncertainty about health was strongly associated with greater depression for both men and women. The researchers noted, however, that this link was stronger for the men.

The findings suggest that talking to survivors and their family members in clear, easily understood terms about the patient's health "may be an effective approach for reducing survivor distress and, ultimately, for improving rehabilitation outcomes," McCarthy said in a news release from the journal.

The researchers noted that the study was limited in size and diversity. McCarthy said that future studies with people from various social and economic backgrounds should give more data on how gender and health-related beliefs affect survivor outcomes. More research might also illuminate how women are relatively protected from depression after a stroke, compared to men.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health provides more information on stroke and depression.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, news release, Sept. 12, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Blacks More Prone to Hypertension After Certain Strokes
2. Workers With Disabilities More Prone to Injuries: Study
3. Men More Prone to Complications After Brain, Spine Surgery
4. Uncertain about health outcomes, male stroke survivors more likely to suffer depression than females
5. Postpartum Depression May Lead to Shorter Kids: Study
6. Prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease increases maternal stress, depression, and anxiety
7. Targeting inflammation to treat depression
8. Spouses of Heart Attack Victims May Face Heightened Depression Risk
9. How well is depression in women being diagnosed and treated?
10. Tripping the switches on brain growth to treat depression
11. Studies seek better understanding and treatment of depression
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Men More Prone to Depression After Stroke: Study
(Date:2/21/2017)... , ... February 21, 2017 , ... Support of value-based ... simplify the secure exchange of data across industry solutions, Fogo Data Centers announces the ... of community. A healthy community is one in which all systems work well, ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... ... February 21, 2017 , ... ... of the predictive analytic firm Predixion’s Healthcare IT practice. Predixion, which raised $42M+ ... is backed by giants including Accenture, GE Ventures, and Software AG , ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... ... February 21, 2017 , ... ... protein espresso drinks, announced its products are now available for purchase on RonnieColemanNutrition.com, ... Drink Mix has become popular among health-conscious consumers who love coffee but are ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... ... ... Nancy Johnston Toll marks her debut in the publishing scene ... in the Road ” (published by Xlibris). Inspired from her personal experiences, this compendium ... and downs experienced by anyone going through cancer treatment and how one can be ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... ... February 20, 2017 , ... For ... Orbita, Inc., a leading provider of innovative software for connected home healthcare, today ... and optimizing care journey management for home healthcare. , Built on ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/21/2017)... Cognitive Computing for Cancer has revolutionized ... previously unattainable level of personalized treatment options with ... is anticipated that the Global Cancer Cognitive Computing ... The growth of the market is likely to ... installation of cognitive computing software in hospitals, increasing ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... 2017 Scientists From Two Companies ... Plastic Industry  ... STEER, creator of advanced materials platform ... fields of plastics, pharmaceuticals, food and nutraceuticals, biomaterials and biorefining, ... Germany , a leading science & ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global ... report to their offering. ... The Global Apheresis Equipment Market is poised to grow ... reach approximately $4.5 billion by 2025.  This industry ... segments on global as well as regional levels presented in the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: