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PTSD for stroke survivors

20th June 2013

A study has shown that nearly 25% of stroke survivors go on to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

stroke1PTSD is usually associated with combat veterans and sexual assault survivors, but data analysed as part of the study shows that experiencing a life-threatening health crisis can lead to serious psychological challenges.

Research has shown that patients who develop a serious health condition which is followed by intense treatment often have mental health problems that may go unrecognised by doctors and family members.

The study, which was published online in journal PLoS ONE, also found that people who develop PTSD after a stroke could have a greater risk of heart problems or a second stroke.

 

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