Prevalence of Major Depression after Traumatic Brain Injury

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Findings from a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a 53.1% rate of depression one year after experiencing a traumatic brain injury. According to the May 19 issue, this number is 7.9 times higher than the 6.7% of depression prevalence found in the general population. According to Charles Bombardier, PhD, of Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues, these numbers are alarmingly high considering the previous estimates of depression at 12% to 42% for patients with TBI. According to Joseph Fink, PhD, a neuropsychologist at the University of Chicago, “‚Ķbecause of the methodology that they used and how well they controlled a lot of the extraneous variables in the study, it really helps us be very confident that this is an accurate rate of major depression in this population.” Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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