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From The Irish Medical Times:

During the year following hospitalisation for a traumatic brain injury, a majority of patients experience major depression, according to a new study.
In the study, researchers attempted to determine the rate of major depressive disorder (MDD) during the first year after traumatic brain injury (TBI) and also examined predictors of MDD, MDD-related co-existing illnesses and the relationship of MDD to quality-of-life outcomes.

The study included 559 hospitalised adults with complicated mild to severe TBI, who were followed up by structured telephone interviews at months one through six, eight, 10 and 12. Depression and anxiety were gauged with Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) study measures, which were administered at each assessment, and the European Quality of Life measure was given at 12 months.

The researchers found that during the first year after TBI, some 297 of 559 patients (53.1 per cent) met criteria for MDD at least once, giving such patients a rate of MDD about eight times greater than would be expected in the general population. The study’s authors noted that because of incomplete data at each assessment time point, the rate and depression duration estimates were likely to be conservative.

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