After a stroke, you may experience rapid mood changes. You may cry or laugh in situations that may not seem appropriate or may not match your current mood. You may also experience frustration, anxiety, anger, or sadness that may not have an explanation.
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 your feelings and help you deal with your emotions. Ask your provider about support groups, whether you’re a stroke survivor or someone who loves and cares for a stroke survivor. Talk to your doctor about an evaluation for clinical depression if symptoms continue.