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Depression and Mood Swings

Around half of stroke patients get anxious and depressed.  So it's a common problem after stroke.  It may be because of brain damage, but it's common after any major illness.

You might become depressed because you feel inadequate and feel a burden on your family – you may be finding it very difficult to adjust to doing things in a new way. 

Sharing your feelings with family and friends during this difficult period can really help.  Your doctor can also offer therapies and medicines that will help – but you've got to let them know how you feel before they can do that!

Getting out a bit can also help – there are local stroke clubs offering mutual support, fun and social activities.