About a third of people who live with long-term physical health conditions experience low mood or depression. The physical and emotional changes caused by illness, and the impact on daily life, can sometimes seem too much to bear. Prevention and treatment of health related depression can help people to live a full and meaningful life and avoid long-term or more serious depression. Health psychologists can provide assessment and treatment at any time following stroke depending on the needs of the patient and their carers.
People caring for loved ones with long-term health problems can also develop depression for which they can seek help from a psychologist who will either treat or signpost the carer to other sources of support.