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Daughters caring for parents 'are more prone to depression'

Daughters caring for parents 'are more prone to depression'
7th June 2010

Adult daughters providing care for a parent recovering from a stroke are more prone to depression than adult sons are, it is claimed.

Speaking to the Canadian Stroke Congress, masters candidate at the University of Toronto Marina Bastawrous said caring for stroke patients can highlight both the strengths and the weaknesses within a family unit.

Ms Bastawrous went on to suggest that any existing strains in the parent-child relationship can be exacerbated after a stroke, with daughters particularly prone to depression as the situation deteriorates.

Reacting to the comments, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada spokesperson Dr Michael Hill said: "When a parent has a stroke, adult children often become their primary caregivers.

"It's important that as part of the recovery process we examine their experiences, because they are obviously vital to the ongoing care of the stroke patient."

Every five minutes someone in the UK has a stroke, according to the Stroke Association, equating to around 150,000 cases a year.

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