Emotions During or After a Stroke

Having a stroke is not easy. It is not only a physical impairment; it is also a psychological event. Sometimes, people die within a month of having a stroke. The shock of being partly immobilized is a lot more than a person can take.

What is even more frightening after having a stroke is the time when the stroke strikes. None of it is easy. However keeping a cool ahead is mandatory. It is usually one of the most trying times for the patient as well as the people assisting him/her.

By keeping a calm and cool head during such a time, though difficult, is very crucial. The person may be going through a number of emotions during that time. The emotions listed below are some that the patient may feel during/after a stroke:


It is the most natural emotion that a patient can feel. Knowing about stroke and its consequences will give rise to panic in patients.

Emotional breakdown

This is a step ahead of anxiety. Overt anxiety can lead to emotional distress. This will lead to reactions such as sudden laughing or crying.


Some people are very conscious about being caught vulnerable. This will lead to them being cold and distant, in an attempt to recover their lost dignity. Do remember to be patient with them.


This is an easy emotion to feel if there is immobility in a part of the body. People who are used to being healthy and fit will have a tough time adjusting to non-functioning of those body parts.

Memory loss

Well, this is not an emotion, but this may lead to several emotional problems. Some people wish to put the entire incident behind them. Or, after treatment, the patients may have trouble recollecting certain incidents. Both these factors can give rise to memory loss.


On the other hand, people who do remember every single detail may feel nostalgic and depressed regarding the change in their lifestyles before and after the stroke. They may wallow in self-pity for many years after treatment.


This is also a common emotion that stroke victims and survivors come face to face with. In case they suffer from memory loss, they may be confused about names or dates or particular incidents.

No matter what emotions the patient may experience, it is the duty of the loved ones to take care of them and be extremely patient. It may not be an easy job and at times one may feel like a nurse, but remember who you are caring for and what they mean to you. The job will no longer be an obligation.

Tess Mathews loves writing about diseases & their effects and creating awareness through her articles. Her recent studies include stroke symptoms and cardiac disease symptoms.

Tess Mathews

I like experiments. I love to travel. Writing is one of my passions, and I sure read a lot. Blogging is a great platform to reach out to the readers, but I still love my scrapbook.

One thought on “Emotions During or After a Stroke

  • March 16, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I’ve had a mini stroke, a major stroke and another mini stroke within a year – year & half. Emotions are part of life. Another part is daily stuff, work, co-workers, your children, your spouse. Stress is still there – work, getting to work, children, spouse, their activities. Then comes that time of the month and WHAM – your emotions are THROUGH THE ROOF. What do you do? A day or two later emotions are more stable, but everyone walks away from you. Can’t go to your doctor or councellor as it will be all over town. Cities you can blend in and no one will know its you.


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