Recent work conducted by members of our team has helped us understand the relationship between stroke severity, language recovery, and depression, importantly highlighting the role anti-depressant drugs may play in recovery
. In work presented at the 2020 American Neurological Association virtual meeting, we found:
Patients who did not take anti-depressants after stroke showed a strong correlation between stroke severity and depression
Patients who took anti-depressants did not tend to have worse depression, even if they had severe strokes
Patients who took anti-depressants produced more content in their spoken language, whether they had large or small strokes
This work was covered by Doctor’s Guide/FirstWord Pharm
and is part of a larger multi-university initiative to examine the effectiveness of anti-depresant drugs in recovery from stroke.