Recognition of depression in aphasic stroke patients.

  title={Recognition of depression in aphasic stroke patients.},
  author={Ann Charlotte Laska and Bj{\"o}rn M{\aa}rtensson and Thomas Kahan and Magnus H von Arbin and Veronica Murray},
  journal={Cerebrovascular diseases},
  volume={24 1},
BACKGROUND Data on post-stroke depression in aphasia are scarce. METHODS Eighty-nine acute stroke patients with aphasia of all types were followed for 6 months to investigate if depression can be reliably diagnosed (DSM-IV criteria) and validly assessed by the verbal Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) and a global technique (Clinical Global Impressions Rating Scale for Severity). A standard aphasia test was performed. RESULTS In 60 patients (67%) at baseline and in 100% at 6… CONTINUE READING