People who suffer haemorrhagic strokes should be tested for PTSD, suggest UK researchers.
A team led by Durham University, followed up 105 patients who had experienced a subarachnoid haemorrhage three and 13 months later.
They found that 37% fitted a diagnosis of PTSD.
This rate is four times higher than for the general population and similar to that for soldiers returning from war zones.
Lead author and research assistant Adam Noble said: ‘It highlights a need to address this [PTSD] through more tailored treatment such as group therapy and, where possible, prevention through teaching patients more appropriate stress-coping strategies.’
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