Emotional & Behavioral Effects of Stroke

Emotional and behavioral changes are a common effect of stroke. Not only can stroke impact one's mood and outlook, but the area of the brain injury and chemical changes may have significant effects on the brain. 

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Emotional and Behavioral Changes after Stroke Affect Survivors and Caregivers Alike

After a stroke, survivors often experience emotional and behavioral changes. The reason is simple. Stroke impacts the brain, and the brain controls our behavior and emotions. You or your loved one may experience feelings of irritability, forgetfulness, carelessness or confusion. Feelings of anger, anxiety or depression are also common.

The good news is many disabilities resulting from stroke tend to improve over time. Likewise, behavioral and emotional changes also tend to improve. Time is on your side.

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Behavior Effect Resources

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National Institute of Mental Health

Provides information about depression and stroke.

American Music Therapy Association
Music therapy is an established healthcare profession using music to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs for people of all ages.