Stroke occurs when blood flow to part of the brain stops – this could be due to a blockage or a hemorrhage. Side effects may include physical concerns such as paralysis and muscle weakness, as well as personality, mood, or emotional changes.
Emotional, Psychological, and Social Impact
If you survive a stroke you may experience fear, anxiety, frustration, anger, sadness, and a sense of grief related to physical and mental losses. Emotional disturbances and personality changes may also occur. Depression is common, and can appear at any time after the event.
Stroke affects the whole family. Caregivers may struggle with new responsibilities and roles, and are at risk of becoming overwhelmed and depressed. Patients may feel guilty about needing more support, and experience feelings of isolation believing no one understands their suffering.
The effects of stroke may limit independence, alter body image, and normal social interactions may become more difficult. Difficulties with speech after a stroke may make communication difficult and frustrating.
Help from HPC
Discussing emotions and and the challenges associated with surviving a stroke or caring for someone who has suffered a stroke can greatly decrease the likelihood of depression or other mood disorders. Stroke survivors and their families can benefit from behavioral counselling. Early cognitive therapy will focus on increasing alertness and attention, improving the patient’s orientation to person, place, time and situation, and improve speech comprehension. Book a consulation.
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