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Emotional Changes After a Stroke

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Emotional Changes After a Stroke

Many stroke survivors experience emotional changes after a stroke as resulting brain injuries can affect how a person moves, feels, behaves, and thinks. Orlando home care experts have put together the following list of common emotional changes seniors experience after a stroke.

1. Depression

During stroke recovery, seniors often experience depression, which manifests itself through feelings of hopelessness. It adversely affects quality of life, and if not dealt with, can slow down the recovery process. Depression may be caused by biochemical changes that occur in the brain during a stroke, but practical stroke management practices such as following a healthy lifestyle plan can help stroke survivors fight depression.

2. Anxiety

There is a direct correlation between strokes and anxiety disorder in post-stroke patients. Anxiety is a psychological and physical response to a stroke, which creates feelings of fear accompanied by an acute sense of uneasiness. During an anxiety attack, the blood flow increases to the heart causing sweating, rapid heart rate, and shortness of breath. A high level of fear and anxiety have a negative effect on the overall health of a stoke survivor. Patients feel less anxiety when they receive emotional support from their loved ones and ongoing companionship from an in-home caregiver orlando.

3. Emotional Lability

Emotional Lability causes seniors who have experienced a stroke to have uncontrolled episodes of laughing and crying. These responses can occur with or without provocation or emotional triggers. The emotional expression pathways of the survivor may be damaged creating the inability to control their reactions. Emotional stabilizing activities such as calm music have proven to help people with this neurological condition.

4. Apathy

There is a high rate of apathy among stroke survivors. These seniors show signs of passiveness, listlessness, and lack of motivation. They display little to no interest in things and people around them. This emotional change is caused from a combination of both psychological and biological factors. Caregivers need to know that apathy is not necessarily a state of depression and understand that the patient may actually feel content.

For help managing your loved one’s recovery after a stroke, reach out to Prestige Home Care. Our expertly trained caregivers can assist with activities like grocery shopping and preparing meals that meet new dietary recommendations, provide physical assistance during therapy exercises, and can offer emotional support during the recovery process. To learn more, visit or call [phc_phone] and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.

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Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida’s hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly’s dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career.Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly’s primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being.The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly’s resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.