Emotional changes

Emotions may be high during this stressful time for you and your family. Most people who have had a stroke will experience some kind of emotional change as a result.

Many people affected by stroke feel a range of different emotions and feelings such as:

  • Fears and worries - it is quite normal to feel shock, disbelief and a sense of loss. You may also feel frightened by lapses in memory or scared that another stroke may happen.
  • Anger and frustration
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Loss of confidence
  • Lack of motivation

Emotional stress and irritability can also put a strain on relationships as you may find that you direct your anger and frustration at those closest to you. Try to remember that your family and friends may be struggling to understand how you are feeling.

Feeling very emotional, anxious, angry or low is common, especially in the first few months as you come to terms with having had a stroke. These feelings are quite normal  and as time goes by thewy are likely to get better.

There are treatments and therapies that can help with your emotions after a stroke. Your doctor will be able to explain what they are and what might work best for you. It may be that talking therapy with a trained therapist is a good option for you. This allows you to talk freely about how you are feeling so you can deal with your emotions better. Medication, such as anti-depressants, may also help.

For more information see the CHSS booklet Coming to terms with a stroke (PDF) or call our Advice Line nurses on 0808 801 0899.