Neurovascular Disease and Mood Disorders

  • Maree L. Hackett
  • Craig S. Anderson


Abnormal mood is a common and potentially serious complication of neurovascular disorders. Yet, disorders of mood are generally poorly recognised, under-diagnosed and inadequately managed in clinical practice, although this is typical of most aspects of mental illness around the world (World Health Organization, 2001). Health professionals tend to prioritise management around the physical manifestations of illness (Dew, Dowell, McLeod, Collings, & Bushnell, 2005), but patients place an equally high value on their mental health and well being (Sherbourne, Sturm, & Wells, 1999). A tendency to focus on the physical manifestations of neurovascular disease may divert attention away from the potentially greater problems related to disturbance of mood and behaviour that can impede patients from optimum recovery and readjustment to life with neurovascular disease.

Mood disorders affect people of all ages, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, and are generally characterised by...


Depressive Symptom Cognitive Behavioural Therapy American Psychiatric Association Mood Disorder Antidepressant Treatment 
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