The researchers also reported that women taking SSRIs for the treatment of depression faced a 40 percent increase in the likelihood of suffering a stroke. For the study, Pan and his colleagues looked at data contained in health questionnaires completed by women in 2000 as part of the long-term, epidemiological Nurses’ Health Study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Read more about the connection between depression and stroke risk in Psychiatric News at http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/2/25.1.full. Much more information about stroke can be found in The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Neuropsychiatry, Third Edition. Ordering information is posted at www.appi.org/SearchCenter/Pages/SearchDetail.aspx?ItemId=62371.