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Kwon, Lee, Park, Lee, Lee, Jeong, Lee, Kwon, Chang, Park, Cha, Heo, Sohn, Kim, Choi-Kwon, and Kim: Long-Term Changes in Post-Stroke Depression, Emotional Incontinence, and Anger


Background and Purpose

Long-term changes in post-stroke depression (PSD), post-stroke emotional incontinence (PSEI), and post-stroke anger (PSA) have rarely been studied.


This is a sub-study of EMOTION, a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, that examined the efficacy of escitalopram on PSD, PSEI, and PSA in patients with stroke. We interviewed patients at the long-term period (LTP) using predefined questionnaires: Montgomery-Åsberg depression rating scale (MADRS) for PSD, modified Kim’s criteria for PSEI, and Spielberger trait anger scale for PSA. Additionally, the ENRICHD Social Support Instrument (ESSI) for the social support state and the modified Rankin Scale (mRS) were measured. We investigated the changes in and factors behind PSD, PSEI, and PSA at LTP.


A total of 222 patients were included, and the median follow-up duration was 59.5 months (interquartile range, 50 to 70). Compared to the data at 6 months post-stroke, the prevalence of PSEI (11.7% at 6 months, 6.3% at LTP; P=0.05) and mean anger score (21.62, 16.24; P<0.01) decreased, while the prevalence of PSD (35.6%, 44.6%; P=0.03) and mean MADRS (6.16, 8.67; P<0.01) increased at LTP. ESSI was associated with PSD and PSA, but not with PSEI. The effect of the baseline National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score on PSD decreased over time. The effect of low social support on PSD was greater than that of mRS at LTP.


The prevalence and degree of PSD significantly increased, while those of PSEI and PSA decreased at LTP. PSD in this stage appeared to be more closely associated with a lack of social support than patients' physical disabilities.


Patients with stroke often develop mood and emotional disturbances, including post-stroke depression (PSD), post-stroke emotional incontinence (PSEI), and post-stroke anger (PSA) [1-3]. A recent meta-analysis showed that about one-third of patients have PSD at any time within 5 years after stroke [4]. The prevalence of PSEI and PSA in the early phase has been reported to be 6% to 34% and 15% to 35%, respectively [3].
The pathogenesis of these mood and emotional disturbances is similar, but not identical. For PSEI and PSA, serotonergic dysfunction caused by stroke lesions appears to play an important role [3]. Although this could also account for the development of PSD, the pathophysiology of PSD appears more complex because of the strong involvement of familial/psychosocial factors [5]. Thus, the pathophysiology of PSD may differ according to the time point after the stroke [5,6].
The prevalence of and associated factors for these disturbances in the long-term period (LTP) have been rarely studied [3,4]. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of and associated factors for PSD, PSEI, and PSA at LTP, using follow-up data from the Efficacy of Early Administration of Escitalopram on Depressive and Emotional Symptoms and Neurologic Dysfunction After Stroke (EMOTION) trial, a double- blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study.


Study design and participants

This is a sub-study of the EMOTION trial (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01278498) previously performed in 17 university hospitals in South Korea. Briefly, we enrolled patients who (1) were aged ≥20 years; (2) had an acute stroke within 21 days before randomization; and (3) had a modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score of ≥2 at the screening stage. We excluded patients who had (1) been diagnosed with psychiatric diseases before the index stroke; (2) severe dementia or aphasia; and (3) strong suicidal thoughts. Finally, 478 patients were enrolled and randomly administered either escitalopram (10 mg/day) or placebo for 3 months. The outcome variables were assessed at baseline, 3, and 6 months post-stroke [7].
In this sub-study, we measured the long-term outcomes of PSD, PSEI, and PSA. EMOTION investigators were invited to join this sub-study. This study was approved by the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) of the hospitals. Informed consent was obtained from all participants.


Data obtained from EMOTION trial

Information on demographics, risk factors, and clinical and outcome variables was obtained from the EMOTION trial. Depressive symptoms were measured using the Montgomery-Åsberg depression rating scale (MADRS) [8,9], and the presence of PSD was defined by MADRS ≥8 [10,11]. Emotional incontinence was assessed using modified Kim’s criteria [7] and dichotomized as “present” or “not present.” Anger score was measured using the modified Spielberger trait anger-Kim’s scale [7] (Supplementary Table 1). The range of the anger score was 10 to 40 points (higher scores indicating more severe symptoms), and it was analyzed as a continuous variable in this study. We did not consider cut-off anger score for the definition of PSA. Stroke symptoms and functional deficits were evaluated using the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) [12] and mRS [13], respectively.
We aimed to examine the natural course of PSD, PSEI, and PSA. As escitalopram was administered for 3 months in the EMOTION trial and the duration was considered sufficient to wash out the pharmacological effect [14], we used data at 6 months post-stroke in addition to the data obtained at LTP.

Long-term follow-up assessment

We investigated PSD, PSEI, PSA, and mRS at LTP. Additionally, social support was measured using the enhancing recovery in coronary heart disease (ENRICHD) Social Support Instrument (ESSI). This instrument measures structural, instrumental, and emotional support15 (higher scores indicating better social support). We defined “low social support” as reported previously [16]: a total score of five items (1, 2, 3, 5, and 6) in ESSI of <19, and a score of <3 on at least any two items. We also asked the patients about the use of antidepressants and/or psychiatric clinic visits to manage their emotional problems.

Statistical analysis

Baseline variables are presented as number with percentage (%), mean±standard deviation, or median with interquartile range, as appropriate. For comparison of any two independent groups, we used chi-square test, Student’s t-test, or Mann-Whitney U test. We conducted a simple regression test using baseline characteristics as independent variables, and PSD, PSEI, and anger score at 6 months post-stroke and LTP as outcomes. We then performed multiple logistic regression test adjusting for important factors (P<0.1) from the result of the simple regression test. The correlations between MADRS at LTP and ESSI and those between anger score at LTP and ESSI were analyzed using Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient. The effect of mRS and ESSI on PSD at LTP was also analyzed using an adjusted logistic regression test. All statistical calculations were performed using IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows version 24.0 (IBM Co., Armonk, NY, USA) or R version 3.6.0 (R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria). Statistical significance was set at α=0.05.


Seven of 17 hospitals that had previously participated in the EMOTION trial were included in this sub-study. The other centers could not perform this study because of the investigators being transferred to other hospitals, loss of interest, or practical difficulties in performing the study (e.g., IRBs allowing direct but not telephone interviews). The seven hospitals had previously enrolled 356 patients in the EMOTION trial, 222 of whom consented to participate. The major reasons for non-participation were the inability to establish contact (46 patients, 34.3%), patients’ reluctance to participate (31 patients, 23.1%), missing data (26 patients, 19.4%), and patients passing away (22 patients, 16.4%) (Figure 1).
Fifty-one of 222 patients were interviewed face-to-face at the outpatient clinic, and the others were interviewed via telephone by a trained investigator. The investigators obtained written consent (or verbal consent on the telephone) and interviewed them using a pre-established questionnaire. If possible, relatives or caregivers were also interviewed to confirm the patient’s responses. All interviews were conducted between May 2017 and May 2018.
The duration from the index stroke to LTP ranged from 35 to 83 months (60 [range, 50 to 70]). All participants lived in their homes, except for four who were in the sanitarium. Nine of 222 patients (4.1%) experienced recurrent stroke. Twenty-nine of 222 (13.0%) were taking antidepressants, and 28 (12.6%) were regularly visiting psychiatric clinics. Of 99 patients with PSD at LTP, only 20 (20.2%) were being treated. A total of 78 patients (35.1%) had low social support. There were no significant differences in baseline characteristics between participants and non-participants, except that non-participants were older and had higher MADRS and NIHSS scores (Table 1).
Compared to the mRS 6 months post-stroke (3.0 [2.0 to 4.0]), the median mRS at LTP (1.50 [0.75 to 3.00], P<0.01) decreased (Figure 2A), whereas the prevalence of PSD (35.6% to 44.6%, P=0.03) and mean MADRS (6.2 to 8.7, P<0.01) increased (Figure 2B). The prevalence of PSEI (11.7% to 6.3%, P=0.05) and mean anger score at LTP (21.6 to 16.2, P<0.01) decreased (Figure 2C and D).
We studied the relationships between demographic and clinical factors, and the use of escitalopram, and PSD, PSEI, and anger score at 6 months and at LTP in a simple regression analysis (Table 2). Variables showing significant effects (P<0.05) were baseline PSEI and NIHSS for PSEI at 6 months; left side lesion, baseline PSEI, and NIHSS for PSEI at LTP; and female sex, baseline anger score for PSA at both 6 months and LTP. Female sex, baseline MADRS, PSD, and NIHSS were significant factors for PSD at 6 months, while age, hyperlipidemia, baseline MADRS, PSD, and NIHSS were significantly associated with PSD at LTP.
Multiple logistic regression analysis after adjustment for important factors (P<0.1) showed that the following factors were significantly (P<0.05) associated: baseline PSD and NIHSS for PSD at 6 months, hyperlipidemia and baseline PSD for PSD at LTP, baseline PSEI and NIHSS for PSEI at 6 months, left-side lesion and baseline PSEI at LTP, age and baseline anger score for PSA at 6 months, and baseline anger score and NIHSS for PSA at LTP (Table 3). There was no autocorrelation or multicollinearity in the multiple regression test.
Figure 3 shows the relationships of ESSI with MADRS and with anger score at LTP. The correlation test showed a significant negative relationship between MADRS and ESSI (ρ=- 0.39, P<0.01) and between anger score and ESSI (ρ=-0.28, P<0.01).
Table 4 shows the effect of low social support and mRS at LTP on PSD, PSEI, and anger scores at LTP. In the simple regression test, the effect of low social support and mRS on PSD was statistically significant. The significance remained in the multiple regression test after adjustment for age, sex, baseline PSD, baseline NIHSS, regular psychiatric clinic visits at LTP, antidepressant use at LTP, and recurrent stroke at LTP. However, the effect of low social support on PSD at LTP was greater than that of mRS. There was no interaction between low social support and mRS at LTP (P=0.53). Neither mRS nor low social support was significantly associated with PSEI at LTP. For PSA, the effect of low social support on the anger score at LTP was significant in the adjusted test. We additionally tested the relationship of ESSI or mRS with “PSD treatment” among patients with PSD at LTP. ESSI was positively associated with psychiatric clinic visits in the logistic regression test (odds ratio, 1.13; 95% confidence interval, 1.02 to 1.25; P=0.03), while mRS was not (P=0.11).


To our knowledge, our study is the first to investigate the longterm (average 5 years) changes in PSD, PSEI, and PSA. We found that the prevalence of PSD and mean MADRS score gradually increased over time. We had previously found that the MADRS scores at the early stage of stroke decreased along with improvement in neurological deficits, probably due to psychological responses associated with improving neurological deficits [7]. Our results are not consistent with a previous longitudinal study from the South London Stroke Register (SLSR). In this study, the prevalence of PSD defined by depression subscale score >7 in the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale was stationary over time: 33% (30% to 36%), 28% (25% to 30%), and 31% (27% to 34%) at 3 months, 1 year, and 5 years after stroke, respectively [17]. Direct comparisons should be made cautiously because our study and the SLSR study are methodologically different. We conducted direct or phone interviews, whereas a postal interview was used in the SLSR study. While 222 of 356 patients (62.4%) were followed up at LTP in our study, only 585 out of 3,689 (15.9%) were followed up at 5 years in the SLSR study.
Nevertheless, the gradual increase in the degree and prevalence of PSD over time in our study needs to be discussed. Although mRS scores were still independent factors associated with PSD at LTP (Table 4), they gradually decreased over time in our study (Figure 2). Thus, the increasing prevalence of PSD at LTP is unlikely to be attributed to worsening functional disability [18]. We found that low social support was significantly associated with PSD at LTP. Although we did not investigate ESSI at earlier time points, the strong relationship between ESSI and MADRS at LTP (Figure 3) suggests that the lack of social support may be one of the reasons for the persistent or increasing prevalence of PSD. We also found that only approximately 20% of patients with PSD were under treatment. Although the treatment status was not described in the SLSR study, this factor may have contributed to the difference. In Korea, some depressive patients do not visit psychiatric clinics because of the social stigma attached to psychiatric diseases [19]. More elderly Koreans regard depression as a “personal weakness” or “normal aging” instead of a “disease” than Americans [20]. It was reported that the use of antidepressants in Korea was one of the lowest among OECD countries [21]. All these factors may have contributed to the prevalent PSD at LTP in our cohort.
We noted that aside from baseline PSD and NIHSS scores, hyperlipidemia was a factor associated with PSD at LTP (Table 3). Although a study from Taiwan showed that patients with hyperlipidemia had a high risk of depression [22], a meta-analysis of the relationship between vascular risk factors and late-life depression did not show such an association [23]. Further studies are required to confirm the relationship between PSD and hyperlipidemia.
We found that the prevalence and severity of PSEI decreased from 6 months post-stroke to LTP (Figure 2). This result was consistent with a report that revealed that the prevalence of PSEI decreased from 21% at 6 months post-stroke to 11% at 12 months post-stroke [24]. Numerous studies have shown that PSEI is pathophysiologically closely associated with serotonergic system dysfunction in the brain in stroke patients [1,25-28]. Thus, the decreasing prevalence of PSEI at LTP may be attributed to the recovery of the damaged serotonergic system in the brain over time. Unlike PSD, PSEI was not associated with ESSI in our study. The anger score also decreased from 6 months post-stroke to LTP (Figure 2). This may also be explained by the improved brain serotonergic system over time. However, unlike PSEI, the anger score was associated with low social support (Figure 3), although the relationship was not as strong as that with PSD. It has been shown that although PSA is closely associated with brain serotonergic system dysfunction, it is also related to depression and frustration [3].
This study has a few limitations. First, since only Korean patients were enrolled, it may be difficult to apply the results to other ethnicities. Second, as we examined social support only once at LTP, its impact on patients’ emotions at 6 months remains unknown. Third, we could not categorize lesion location precisely because the number of patients with PSD, PSEI, and high anger score were small. Fourth, since LTP was not pre-defined in this sub-study, the range of LTP was rather broad (35 to 85 months). Finally, many patients did not participate in the study. Compared with participants, non-participants were older and had higher initial MADRS and NIHSS scores (Table 1). In our study, multiple regression analysis showed that baseline PSD, but not MADRS score, was associated with PSD at LTP, and the initial NIHSS score was associated with PSA at LTP. Although it is difficult to precisely assess the possible impact of these differences on our results, the frequencies of post-stroke mood/emotional disturbances at LTP may have been underestimated in our study. This is an inherent problem in the research on depression; individuals with depression are more cautious and hesitant about clinical trial participation than those without [29]. However, we do not think that this limitation greatly influenced our main findings, as our primary aim was to observe the long-term change in post-stroke emotional disorders rather than assess the exact prevalence of these symptoms in a certain period.
Despite these limitations, our data showed that the prevalence and degree of PSEI and anger score decreased, whereas those of PSD increased at LTP in our cohort. Our results have several practical implications. Physicians may consider cessation of medications for PSEI at LTP but need to be aware of the increased prevalence of PSD. As PSD and PSA are associated with a lack of social support, strategies to improve social support may have to be developed to prevent and manage PSD and PSA at LTP.

Supplementary materials

Supplementary materials related to this article can be found online at https://doi.org/10.5853/jos.2020.04637.
Supplementary Table 1.
Criteria for post-stroke emotional incontinence and anger used in this study


This work was supported by grants from Dong-A Pharmaceutical Company, who had no role in the design, analysis, interpretation, or publication of this study.

Figure 1.
Study profile. EMOTION, Efficacy of Early Administration of Escitalopram on Depressive and Emotional Symptoms and Neurologic Dysfunction After Stroke; IRB, Institutional Review Board.
Figure 2.
(A) Median modified Rankin Scale (mRS) with interquartile range. (B) Prevalence of post-stroke depression (PSD) and mean Montgomery-Åsberg depression rating scale (MADRS) with 95% confidence interval (CI). (C) Prevalence of post-stroke emotional incontinence. Follow-up time is shown in month. (D) Mean anger score with 95% CI. LTP, long-term period.
Figure 3.
Correlation test results between Montgomery-Åsberg depression rating scale (MADRS) at long-term period (LTP) and enhancing recovery in coronary heart disease (ENRICHD) Social Support Instrument (ESSI), and between anger score at LTP and ESSI.
Table 1.
Baseline characteristics and clinical variables of participants and non-participants
Characteristic Participants (n=222) Non-participants (n=134) P
Age (yr) 63.0 (53.0-70.0) 70.5 (60.0-76.0) <0.01
Female sex 86 (38.7) 53 (39.6) 0.97
Hypertension 167 (75.2) 108 (80.6) 0.30
Diabetes 93 (41.9) 54 (40.3) 0.85
Hyperlipidemia 112 (50.5) 80 (59.7) 0.11
Coronary artery disease 35 (15.8) 16 (11.9) 0.40
Smoking 116 (52.3) 69 (51.5) 0.98
Family history of stroke 58 (26.1) 35 (26.1) 1.00
Lesion location 0.14
 Anterior circulation 139 (62.6) 83 (61.9)
 Posterior circulation 77 (34.7) 51 (38.1)
 Both 6 (2.7) 0 (0)
Lesion side 0.06
 Right 99 (44.6) 72 (53.7)
 Left 107 (48.2) 59 (44.0)
 Both 16 (7.2) 3 (2.2)
MADRS 9.3±8.0 11.8±9.1 0.01
PSD 113 (50.9) 78 (58.2) 0.22
PSEI 19 (8.6) 6 (4.5) 0.21
Anger score 22.9±5.5 23.9±5.3 0.09
NIHSS 4.0 (3.0-7.0) 5.0 (3.0-7.0) 0.04
mRS 4.0 (3.0-5.0) 5.0 (4.0-5.0) 0.16
Non-use of escitalopram 110 (49.5) 68 (50.7) 0.91
Values are presented as median (interquartile range), number (%), or mean±standard deviation.
MADRS, Montgomery-Åsberg depression rating scale; PSD, post-stroke depression; PSEI, post-stroke emotional incontinence; NIHSS, National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale; mRS, modified Rankin Scale.
Table 2.
Simple regression test using PSD, PSEI, and anger score as outcomes
Variable PSD
Anger score
OR (95% CI) P OR (95% CI) P Beta (95% CI) P
  6 mo 1.00 (0.98 to 1.03) 0.78 0.99 (0.95 to 1.02) 0.44 -0.13 (-0.26 to 0.00) 0.05
  LTP 1.03 (1.01 to 1.05) 0.02 1.00 (0.95 to 1.04) 0.90 -0.06 (-0.19 to 0.07) 0.36
Female sex
  6 mo 2.16 (1.23 to 3.80) 0.01 1.41 (0.62 to 3.22) 0.41 -0.16 (-0.29 to -0.03) 0.02
  LTP 1.67 (0.97 to 2.87) 0.07 1.63 (0.55 to 4.83) 0.38 -0.15 (-0.28 to -0.02) 0.03
  6 mo 1.19 (0.63 to 2.28) 0.59 0.58 (0.24 to 1.40) 0.23 0.07 (-0.07 to 0.20) 0.32
  LTP 1.59 (0.85 to 2.98) 0.15 0.82 (0.25 to 2.72) 0.74 0.13 (0.00 to 0.26) 0.05
  6 mo 1.74 (1.00 to 3.04) 0.05 1.02 (0.45 to 2.33) 0.96 0.02 (-0.11 to 0.16) 0.72
  LTP 1.51 (0.88 to 2.59) 0.13 0.36 (0.10 to 1.32) 0.12 -0.03 (-0.16 to 0.10) 0.63
  6 mo 1.39 (0.80 to 2.41) 0.25 0.69 (0.30 to 1.58) 0.38 -0.05 (-0.18 to 0.08) 0.46
  LTP 2.45 (1.42 to 4.21) <0.01 1.33 (0.45 to 3.98) 0.61 0.11 (-0.02 to 0.25) 0.09
  6 mo 0.66 (0.38 to 1.15) 0.14 1.08 (0.47 to 2.44) 0.86 0.09 (-0.04 to 0.23) 0.16
  LTP 0.76 (0.45 to 1.29) 0.31 0.91 (0.31 to 2.68) 0.86 0.13 (-0.01 to 0.26) 0.06
Lesion location
 Anterior circulation Reference Reference Reference
 Posterior circulation
  6 mo 0.81 (0.45 to 1.43) 0.46 0.87 (0.37 to 2.06) 0.76 0.01 (-0.12 to 0.14) 0.87
  LTP 0.92 (0.53 to 1.60) 0.78 0.44 (0.12 to 1.61) 0.21 -0.02 (-0.15 to 0.11) 0.78
Lesion side
 Right side Reference Reference Reference
 Left side
  6 mo 0.74 (0.43 to 1.29) 0.29 0.93 (0.41 to 2.12) 0.86 -0.03 (-0.16 to 0.10) 0.63
  LTP 0.65 (0.38 to 1.11) 0.11 0.20 (0.05 to 0.74) 0.02 -0.11 (-0.25 to 0.02) 0.09
Baseline MADRS
  6 mo 1.18 (1.12 to 1.24) <0.01 0.99 (0.94 to 1.05) 0.81 0.02 (-0.11 to 0.16) 0.72
  LTP 1.08 (1.04 to 1.12) <0.01 0.99 (0.92 to 1.06) 0.72 0.07 (-0.06 to 0.21) 0.27
Baseline PSD
  6 mo 9.19 (4.68 to 18.03) <0.01 1.14 (0.50 to 2.60) 0.75 0.03 (-0.10 to 0.17) 0.62
  LTP 3.50 (2.01 to 6.12) <0.01 0.71 (0.24 to 2.11) 0.54 0.05 (-0.08 to 0.18) 0.45
Baseline PSEI
  6 mo 2.16 (0.84 to 5.56) 0.11 5.65 (1.99 to 16.06) <0.01 -0.03 (-0.16 to 0.11) 0.69
  LTP 1.80 (0.69 to 4.66) 0.23 5.15 (1.44 to 18.38) 0.01 0.06 (-0.07 to 0.19) 0.40
Baseline anger score
  6 mo 1.01 (0.96 to 1.07) 0.59 0.98 (0.91 to 1.05) 0.55 0.59 (0.49 to 0.70) <0.01
  LTP 1.02 (0.97 to 1.07) 0.41 0.93 (0.84 to 1.02) 0.13 0.23 (0.11 to 0.36) <0.01
Baseline NIHSS
  6 mo 1.21 (1.09 to 1.34) <0.01 1.24 (1.09 to 1.42) <0.01 -0.03 (-0.16 to 0.11) 0.69
  LTP 1.14 (1.04 to 1.26) 0.01 1.24 (1.05 to 1.46) 0.01 0.11 (-0.02 to 0.25) 0.09
Non-use of escitalopram
  6 mo 1.35 (0.78 to 2.35) 0.28 1.22 (0.54 to 2.76) 0.64 0.00 (-0.13 to 0.14) 0.95
  LTP 1.00 (0.59 to 1.69) 0.99 1.39 (0.46 to 4.13) 0.56 -0.07 (-0.20 to 0.06) 0.28
Logistic regression test for binary variables (PSD, PSEI) and linear regression test for continuous variable (anger score). Beta refers to the standardized beta coefficient of the linear regression test. The PSD, PSEI, and anger score at 6 months post-stroke were used to identify significant factors.
PSD, post-stroke depression; PSEI, post-stroke emotional incontinence; OR, odds ratio; CI, confidence interval; LTP, long-term period; MADRS, MontgomeryÅsberg depression rating scale; NIHSS, National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale.
Table 3.
Multiple regression test using PSD, PSEI, and anger score at 6 months post-stroke and LTP as outcomes
Variable 6 Months post-stroke
OR or beta (95% CI) P OR or beta (95% CI) P
 Age (yr) 0.97 (0.94 to 1.00) 0.07 1.02 (0.99 to 1.04) 0.20
 Female sex 2.01 (1.01 to 3.98) 0.05 1.23 (0.66 to 2.27) 0.52
 Diabetes 1.45 (0.75 to 2.82) 0.27 1.07 (0.59 to 1.94) 0.82
 Hyperlipidemia 1.07 (0.55 to 2.07) 0.84 2.22 (1.23 to 3.98) 0.01
 Baseline PSD 8.66 (4.23 to 17.73) <0.01 2.81 (1.57 to 5.04) <0.01
 Baseline NIHSS 1.17 (1.04 to 1.32) 0.01 1.10 (0.99 to 1.23) 0.07
 Lesion side, left 1.16 (0.48 to 2.79) 0.74 0.22 (0.06 to 0.85) 0.03
 Baseline PSEI 4.93 (1.68 to 14.51) <0.01 4.84 (1.25 to 18.78) 0.02
 Baseline NIHSS 1.24 (1.07 to 1.43) <0.01 1.19 (0.99 to 1.42) 0.06
Anger score
 Age (yr) -0.14 (-0.25 to -0.02) 0.02 -0.08 (-0.22 to 0.05) 0.24
 Female sex 0.05 (-0.11 to 0.21) 0.54 -0.09 (-0.27 to 0.10) 0.38
 Hypertension 0.00 (-0.11 to 0.11) 0.97 0.10 (-0.04 to 0.23) 0.16
 Hyperlipidemia -0.01 (-0.12 to 0.10) 0.85 0.11 (-0.02 to 0.24) 0.11
 Smoking -0.01 (-0.16 to 0.15) 0.93 0.02 (-0.16 to 0.21) 0.80
 Lesion side, left 0.01 (-0.10 to 0.12) 0.83 -0.09 (-0.22 to 0.04) 0.17
 Baseline anger score 0.61 (0.49 to 0.72) <0.01 0.20 (0.07 to 0.34) <0.01
 Baseline NIHSS 0.02 (-0.09 to 0.13) 0.76 0.14 (0.01 to 0.27) 0.04
Logistic regression test for binary variables (PSD, PSEI) and linear regression test for continuous variable (anger score). Beta refers to the standardized beta coefficient of the linear regression test. The PSD, PSEI, and anger score at 6 months post-stroke were used to identify significant factors.
PSD, post-stroke depression; PSEI, post-stroke emotional incontinence; LTP, long-term period; OR, odds ratio; CI, confidence interval; NIHSS, National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale.
* OR;
Table 4.
Simple and adjusted regression test of low social support and mRS at LTP, using PSD, PSEI, and anger score at LTP as outcomes
Variable Simple test
Adjusted test
OR or beta (95% CI) P OR or beta (95% CI) P
 Age (yr) 0.98 (0.95 to 1.01) 0.23
 Female sex 1.53 (0.74 to 3.18) 0.25
 Baseline PSD 3.12 (1.56 to 6.24) <0.01
 Baseline NIHSS 0.90 (0.79 to 1.03) 0.13
 Regular clinic visit 3.50 (1.11 to 11.03) 0.03
 Antidepressant use 3.38 (1.02 to 11.18) 0.05
 Recurrent stroke 0.46 (0.09 to 2.42) 0.36
 mRS 2.12 (1.67 to 2.70) <0.01 2.16 (1.54 to 3.02) <0.01
 Low social support 3.46 (1.94 to 6.16) <0.01 4.12 (1.97 to 8.66) <0.01
 Age (yr) 0.98 (0.92 to 1.04) 0.47
 Female sex 1.51 (0.43 to 5.25) 0.52
 Baseline PSEI 3.94 (0.92 to 16.85) 0.06
 Baseline NIHSS 1.12 (0.90 to 1.40) 0.32
 MADRS at LTP 1.07 (0.99 to 1.15) 0.08
 Regular clinic visit 0.31 (0.03 to 3.61) 0.35
 Antidepressant use 1.68 (0.34 to 8.22) 0.52
 Recurrent stroke 0.52 (0.04 to 7.74) 0.64
 mRS 1.39 (0.95 to 2.04) 0.09 0.96 (0.50 to 1.84) 0.90
 Low social support 3.63 (1.17 to 11.23) 0.03 2.01 (0.53 to 7.69) 0.31
Anger score at LTP
 Age (yr) -0.10 (-0.23 to 0.03) 0.14
 Female sex -0.06 (-0.18 to 0.07) 0.38
 Baseline anger score 0.22 (0.10 to 0.34) <0.01
 Baseline NIHSS 0.06 (-0.07 to 0.18) 0.39
 MADRS 0.45 (0.31 to 0.59) <0.01
 Regular clinic visit 0.11 (-0.01 to 0.23) 0.07
 Antidepressant use 0.04 (-0.08 to 0.17) 0.52
 Recurrent stroke 0.04 (-0.07 to 0.16) 0.48
 mRS 0.11 (-0.02 to 0.24) 0.10 -0.14 (-0.30 to 0.02) 0.09
 Low social support 0.25 (0.12 to 0.38) <0.01 0.14 (0.02 to 0.26) 0.03
Logistic regression test for binary variables (PSD, PSEI) and linear regression test for continuous variable (anger score). Beta refers to the standardized beta coefficient of the linear regression test.
mRS, modified Rankin Scale; LTP, long-term period; PSD, post-stroke depression; PSEI, post-stroke emotional incontinence; OR, odds ratio; CI, confidence interval; NIHSS, National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale; MADRS, Montgomery-Åsberg depression rating scale.
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