Post-Illness Depression

Depression after brain illness or injury is a common, but treatable, condition. The specialists at El Camino Health can help.

After a stroke or other brain injury, it's common to have physical challenges, such as trouble speaking or moving, and many people have psychological symptoms, too. It's not unusual to struggle with emotions such as anxiety, anger or sadness. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about a third of all stroke patients suffer from depression. Other brain illnesses or injuries can also cause psychological symptoms that limit your ability to fully recover.

The days following a stroke or brain injury are vital to restoring your ability to carry out physical and cognitive functions, such as thinking, understanding and communicating. If you're having trouble coping, we can help. But, it's important to report symptoms quickly for prompt diagnosis and successful treatment. Depression can affect your ability to work, sleep, eat and enjoy life. Left untreated, it can last for months or even years.

The experts at El Camino Hospital will check for depression and monitor these and other symptoms throughout your recovery.

Treating Depression

If you experience depression following brain injury or illness, such as stroke, our neuropsychology specialists can provide expert care. Post-illness depression may be treated with psychological counseling, education, medication and other therapies.

The emotional impact of stroke and other brain injuries can be overwhelming for the entire family. Everyone's support and encouragement is needed and can lift your spirits when you can't function as independently as you'd like. Your care team can put you in touch with the right resources and specialists to help improve your well-being.