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After a stroke, many people feel different without knowing why. For example, some people find it hard to control their emotions. They may cry or laugh for no reason. Or they may feel down or even hopeless.
Some people may find they're acting differently. They may act too quickly or on impulse. Or they may be more anxious and hesitant at times.
If these changes happen to you, they can be upsetting. And they can be confusing to you and your loved ones. But these changes may get better with time as your brain heals.
Let your loved ones know what's happening. Their support and understanding can help you deal with these feelings. And with time and support from the people around you, you can learn ways to adjust to life after a stroke.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
After a stroke, some people feel like they have lost control of their emotions. These feelings can come from one or both of these two causes:
For example, some people may feel:
These feelings are normal and expected.
These strong feelings are more likely to happen if you need to stay in bed for long periods of time. And it is more likely to be a problem at night. It may help to have a radio playing softly in the bedroom or a dim light beside the bed.
To deal with your emotions:
It is common to feel sad about changes caused by the stroke. Sometimes the injury to the brain from the stroke can cause depression.
If you think you might be depressed, tell your doctor right away. The sooner you know if you are depressed, the sooner you can get treatment. Treatment can help you feel better.
Your doctor will want to know if in the past 2 weeks:
Your doctor may also ask about sleep troubles or changes in eating.
Your loved ones can help you by following these tips:
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Current as of: March 4, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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