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Majority of stroke survivors in good mental health: Study

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

A vast majority of survivors are in optimal despite the impact of their stroke, a recent study suggests.

"Many research studies, including my own earlier publications, have focused on post-and suicidal thoughts. This is a paradigm shift to examine survivors who are mentally flourishing," said Esme Fuller-Thomson, of the study.

The article was published in the Journal of Aging and

"Our definition of 'complete mental health' sets a very high bar, requiring that respondents were happy and/or satisfied with their life on an almost daily basis and that they were free of suicidal thoughts, substance dependence, and for the past year," Fuller-Thomson added.

This study shed new light on factors associated with complete among stroke survivors. Having a confidant and being free of chronic were important predictors. In contrast, a history of childhood maltreatment and a lifetime history of decreased one's likelihood of achieving complete after a stroke.

"One of our most exciting findings was the fact that stroke survivors with at least one confidant were four times more likely to be in complete mental health in comparison to those who were socially isolated. This suggests targeted interventions for socially isolated and lonely patients may be particularly helpful in optimising well-being after a stroke," said

The researchers found that stroke survivors with chronic and disabling had much lower odds of complete mental health.

"It appears that childhood adversities cast a very long shadow over many, many decades," Fuller-Thomson added.

According to the researchers, the stroke survivors who had a history of childhood physical abuse, sexual abuse or were only half as likely to be in complete mental health in comparison to those without these childhood traumas.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 12:40 IST