Stroke: Mood Disorders
Look for changes in mood.
It is common for people to experience feelings of
depression, frustration and the like after having a stroke. Researchers are
studying if a stroke in a certain part of the brain will lead to people having
specific mood disorders.
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There are many treatment options available, including
medication and professional mental health counseling.
Experts recommend that after someone has had a stroke they
get support from a variety of sources to help with everything from physical
challenges to mood disorders. A full team to successfully rehabilitate someone
who has had a stroke might include physicians, physical therapists,
occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, vocational therapists,
rehabilitation nurses, social workers, a member of the clergy, a case manager,
an in-home caregiver, and more.
In addition, it can be beneficial to join a support group of
other stroke survivors. A support group might be able to meet in person or
online. Getting out and engaging with others can have a benefit to one’s
Consider too that nutrition can impact moods and the better
the diet the better the mood. Regular physical activity can also be a mood
booster as well as part of one’s rehabilitation.