Stroke and Your Emotions

If somebody who has never had a stroke tells you, “I know exactly how you feel,” be polite and maybe not answer at all, because the fact is that person can’t possibly know what you are going through. For example, you’ll find it hard to control your emotions after a stroke. Suddenly important things you had counted on doing may have to be cancelled or at least postponed. It’s not uncommon for people to fall into depression after a stroke. If so, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

You may also feel frustrated that you can’t do what you would like.  You may suffer anxiety because the doctor can’t tell you exactly what your future will be like. Depending upon your makeup, you wish to lash out in anger. Or maybe you just say “I quit,” and give up.

Confide in your medical team.  Let them know how you feel. If they prescribe medication or other treatment, cooperate with them fully. It’s the only way you will recover.