Psychological and emotional problems after stroke can include depression, emotionalism, anxiety, loss of confidence and esteem, frustration and post-traumatic stress disorder. Such problems can have a major impact on the patient, their family, carers and friends, and affecting many aspects of a patient's day-to-day life. Someone with anxiety or depression may not participate in rehabilitation or social activities. They may be concerned with a fear of falling and not gain as much pleasure from activities they used to enjoy.

It is important that you are able to recognise the signs, symptoms and impact of psychological and emotional problems after stroke in order to help patients and their families to cope and manage, build self-esteem and confidence, encourage recovery and maximise their potential.


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