Emotional reactions after a
stroke may be different from normal emotional
The reaction may have little or no obvious
connection with what is happening around the person.
reactions can be easily interrupted by diverting the person's attention.
People who have had a stroke—usually in the front part of the brain
or in the brain stem—can lose emotional control and may switch from crying to
laughing for no apparent reason.
Crying appears to be the most frequent problem.
Crying can be a symptom of
depression, which is a medical condition that requires
treatment. Untreated depression can interfere with recovery. And it can have a
significant impact on enjoyment of life.
Medicine may be needed to
help control emotional responses and treat depression.
People who have had a stroke may act differently because they feel
isolated and have vision problems. They may:
Become irritable, confused, or
Sometimes have false beliefs
This is more likely to occur when someone has to stay in bed for long
periods of time. And it is more likely to be a problem at night. A radio
playing softly in the bedroom or a dim light beside the bed may be helpful
during the night.
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