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Living With a Brain Injury

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 22/05/2015

Living with the physical changes a stroke can bring takes time and patience but we need to give more consideration to the psychological effects for the sufferer and those around them that are responsible for their care.

Depression and Anxiety

Psychological Problems

Depression and anxiety are 2 of the most common psychological problems experienced by those who have had a stroke.

Depression is a result of feeling hopeless and withdrawn from social activities that you may have been able to take part in prior to your stroke. Even those that care for you may feel depressed, especially if the effects of your stroke were highly debilitating. Seeing a loved one recover, but not to their former self, can bring up feelings of hopelessness and despair.

Anxiety is another emotion that both the sufferer and their loved ones may feel following a stroke. Fearing what's going to come in the future is only natural after someone has experienced a stroke. The doctors and nurses doing their job correctly aid the recovery process, and if you feel like you haven’t received the best care following your stroke, it can have a massive psychological impact on your recovery.

Some would go as far as saying the real victims of a brain injury such as a stroke are the family members. It is the close family members, the spouses and children that suffer alongside the stroke victim who are often not given a second thought when things go wrong.

Did They Miss Your Stroke?

On reflection, problems faced following a stroke may have been avoided if your GP, hospital nurse or doctor would have identified the signs at this time or made you aware of your predisposed risk of stroke.

In particular, strokes can be missed at the hospital stage, making you more susceptible to strokes in the future. A failure to recognise the seriousness of your condition can also result in a lack of aftercare and support, putting stress on you and your family.

A stroke is a life changing experience, and even though it is thought of as something that only affects older people, it is a risk that also affects children and can also occur during the antenatal period. Living with the physical changes following a stroke are difficult enough, but it will also cause emotional changes – some may be part of a normal reaction to the challenges faced, but some may be as a result of the stroke itself.

Everyone who has suffered a stroke will be affected differently, and will have different needs. We have worked with families who have experienced strokes and helped them to get the support they need in situations where their healthcare providers have fallen short.

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