One out of every two people presents cognitive deficit, affective disorder or behavioral change after a stroke, the main cause of acquired brain injury in Spain.
Psychiatric disorders following an acquired brain injury condition the social integration of the affected person. In patients with severe head injury, behavioral alterations stand out as psychiatric sequelae. Psychopharmacology is one more tool in their treatment.
Psychopharmacology in psychiatric disorders
The pathologies of the cerebral vascular system cause mental problems, and up to one third of patients present depressive episodes with a highly variable range of severity. Issues such as this and those mentioned above were addressed in the V Course of the Clinical Neuropsychology Consortium (CNC): Praxis & Neuropsychology in psychiatric disorders. José Ignacio Quemada, director of the Menni Brain Injury Network, participated in this scientific meeting to talk about psychopharmacology in mental disorders associated with brain damage.
It is estimated that more than 50% of stroke patients have some form of alteration or change in psychic functioning, such as cognitive deficit, affective disorder or behavioral change. According to Dr. Quemada, mental problems deriving from pathologies of the cerebral vascular system are much less studied and less widespread than motor disorders, despite the fact that they are so prevalent and that they cause great social dysfunction and great intra- and interpersonal suffering.
Stroke is a growing pathology that affects more than 100,000 people in Spain every year. They are currently the leading cause of disability in adults. The prevalence of brain damage is increasing as a result of lower mortality associated with stroke and increased life expectancy.
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