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Stroke shocker; In association with the NHS.

THE diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder in stroke victims could aid their recovery, Durham University researchers have found.

The psychological condition is more commonly known to affect soldiers who have fought in war zones.

However, a study of more than 100 brain haemorrhage survivors found over a third tested positive for the disorder.

Researchers found post-traumatic stress disorder impacted on the patients' recovery and their ability to resume a normal life, even if the damage caused by their type of stroke, subarachnoid haemorrhage, was minor.

Tests for post-traumatic stress disorder are not part of the care of subarachnoid haemorrhage victims, but researchers said the study points to the need for greater awareness of the condition following a haemorrhage and early testing.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 2, 2009
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