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After a stroke it is common to find it difficult to concentrate or remember certain things. These are known as 'cognitive' changes and they happen because of damage to your brain.
You may find it difficult to:
Problems with memory and thinking can be very upsetting and are usually worse during the first few weeks and months after a stroke, but they can get better.
Stroke can also affect how you behave. For example, you may:
Other effects of stroke can affect your behaviour too. You may feel frustrated that you can't do the things you could do before and this can make you grumpy, angry or aggressive towards the people around you. Tiredness can make you irritable, less likely to socialise or less active.
It is normal for behaviour to change after a stroke. Over time it is likely to improve as you and your family learn how to manage these changes. If you feel that changes in behaviour have been caused by anxiety, low mood or depression then speak to your doctor about treatment such as therapy or medication.