High Prevalence of Depression After Traumatic Brain Injury, Study Finds

During the year following hospitalization for a traumatic brain injury, a majority of patients experienced major depression, according to a study in the May 19 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on mental health. Charles H. Bombardier, Ph.D., of the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, presented the findings of the study at a JAMA media briefing on mental health.

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Major depression common after brain injury: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Severe depression within the first year of a traumatic brain injury is common but treatment is not, Washington state researchers report. The incidence of major depression among 559 people with traumatic brain injury was nearly eight times greater than would be expected in the general population, the researchers report in the May 19th issue of the JAMA/Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Major Depression Often Follows Brain Injury

TUESDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) — People who are hospitalized for a traumatic brain injury face an almost eight-fold higher risk of also suffering major depression. That’s the finding of a team led by Charles H. Bombardier, professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and first author of a study published in the May 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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