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Depression symptoms in survivors of brain injury from IPV

Mon 13 Feb 2023

Research focuses on the depressive symptomology among survivors of brain injury sustained through intimate partner violence.

Research focuses on the depressive symptomology among survivors of brain injury sustained through intimate partner violence.

Researchers have identified symptoms of depression that are experienced commonly by brain injury survivors who sustained their injury through intimate partner violence (IPV).

36 brain injury survivors who were screened for possible IPV-related brain injury completed a test used to identify depression, the Beck Depression Inventory -2nd Edition. The researchers found that somatic symptoms of depression were experienced more commonly than other types of symptoms. Somatic symptoms refer to physical symptoms relating to the body, such as shortness of breath or pain.

Self-evaluative and cognitive symptoms were correlated with depression scores in brain injury survivors with higher symptom severity.

The researchers conclude that the results of this study might help in the development of guidelines to better diagnose and treat depression in IPV-related brain injury survivors.

For more information, visit www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02699052.2022.2158220.

Reference: Chiou, K.S., Feiger, J.A., Cissne, M., Garlinghouse, M., Reisher, P., Higgins, K., Rajaram, S., & DiLillo, D. (2022). Survey of depressive symptomatology in brain injury resulting from intimate partner violence. Brain Injury, 37(2), 159-169.   

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