Evaluating Antidepressants for emotionaliSm after strokE - consumer/lived experience group

The George Institute in Sydney, Australia and the University of East Anglia in the UK are planning a study to test if an antidepressant (a drug normally used to treat depression) would be an effective treatment for post-stroke emotionalism.

Emotionalism means that you cry, or laugh, without warning, inappropriately, and you cannot control it. This can negatively affect people's lives.

The team plan to test an antidepressant called sertraline that is already commonly used by people with depression. The researchers would like to know if this antidepressant would be an acceptable solution for people after stroke.

As part of planning for this study, the researchers want to try and find out what members of the public, people with stroke, their family and/or carers think about the idea and their plans on how to do the research, to make sure they are doing good, useful research.

People with a lived experience of stroke, experience of emotionalism after stroke or experience of a family member with emotionalism, and who are interested to give their views on the study plans are invited to contact the research team to find out more.


Maree Hackett, The George Institute for Global Health, email: mhackett@georgeinstitute.org.au or phone: 02 8052 4593