What to Expect After a Stroke
After a stroke, patients may experience rapid mood changes, crying, or laughing in situations that may not seem appropriate or match an individual’s current mood. They may also experience frustration, anxiety, anger, or sadness that may not have an explanation.
Call 911 immediately if you experience any signs or symptoms of stroke. The paramedics will arrive and take you quickly to the hospital. Do not drive your car.
Clinical depression is a treatable illness that affects many stroke survivors. Symptoms include significant lack of energy, lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating, problems sleeping, and difficulty finding enjoyment in anything. Talking about the effects of the stroke can validate these feelings and help stroke survivors deal with these emotions. Ask your provider about support groups for stroke survivors and their caregivers. Talk to your doctor about an evaluation for clinical depression if symptoms continue.
For more information about the St. Luke's Primary Stroke Center, please contact our program manager at (208) 381-9383.