Depression Post-Stroke: Clinical Characteristics Associated

  • Adman Câmara Soares Lima Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Alana Santos Monte Universidade Federal do ceará
  • Escolástica Rejane Ferreira Moura
  • Karízia Vilanova Andrade
  • Márcio Flávio Moura Araújo
  • Ana Kelve de Castro Damasceno
  • Ana Karina Bezerra Pinheiro
  • Régia Christina Moura Barbosa Castro
  • Lorena Barbosa Ximenes
  • Paulo César de Almeida
  • Priscila de Souza Aquino


Depression is an important variable related to the worsening of quality of life in post-stroke patients. This study aimed to identify the prevalence of depression in patients after stroke. It is a cross-sectional study conducted between February and April 2013, 51 patients admitted to specialized stroke unit in a hospital in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. Hamilton Depression Rating Scale was applied to investigate depression. Regarding the modifiable risk factors, physical inactivity was the most significant factor for depression. As regards the neurological deficits, subjects with speech disorders had 2.2 times more likely to get depressive symptoms. The inability to walk did not affect the acquisition of these symptoms. On the comorbidities, non diabetics and heart disease ones had a 30% chance to further develop depression and hypertension does not influence in this. Thus, the study showed that among patients in the sample, younger women, unemployed, who had companion and had higher levels of education presented a greater chance of depression. We see, on this, the need to expand research in this context with longitudinal studies so these and other factors can be controlled through time.

May 25, 2016
How to Cite
LIMA, Adman Câmara Soares et al. Depression Post-Stroke: Clinical Characteristics Associated. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, may 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 june 2021. doi:
Psychiatry & Mental Health


Depression; stroke; Acute Hospital

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