Emotional and Behavioral Conditions After Stroke

Updated:Oct 13,2015

Dimensions of Dementia

We talked with Dr. Marsel Mesulam, a dementia expert from Northwestern University School of Medicine; Dr. Sybil Ingram-Campbell, a health scientist at the CDC in Atlanta whose mother has stroke dementia; and Kip Mitchell, of Myrtle Beach, Fla., who took care of his mother, who had stroke dementia after three strokes.

Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA)
Psuedobulbar affect, known also as “emotional lability”, or “reflex crying”, can devastate the lives of survivors. PBA makes social interaction unpredictable and difficult. We talked with two survivors and a stroke psychologist.

Post-Stroke Mood Disorders
Mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and PBA are a fairly common result of strokes. We explored these mood disorders with neuro-psychologist Dawn Giuffre.

Maximizing Emotional/Behavioral Recovery & Independence

My Angel Zoey
Stroke survivor Jon Leavitt shares a touching story of how he and his wife rescued Zoey, a young German shepherd, and how she, in turn, rescued Jon from post-stroke depression, fatigue and TV marathons.

Negotiating Hope and Acceptance
This article examines the psychology of hope and acceptance and the impact it has on family relationships. Our expert is Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD, a well-known expert and the director of behavioral sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pa.

Life Is Tough, People Are Tougher
Dr. Peter Ubel, professor of medicine and psychology at the University of Michigan, is the author of You’re Stronger than You Think, an investigation into emotional resilience. His thesis, as the book title suggests, is that human beings have actually evolved biological and psychological mechanisms to survive difficult situations, including life-changing diseases such as stroke.

The Way We Were
Stroke families often experience serious losses as a result of stroke. The physical losses are obvious, but the personality changes wrought by stroke are often the hardest, especially for caregivers and other family members. The opportunity and ability to grieve those losses is one step in getting beyond the feeling of loss. Dr. J. Shep Jeffries, an expert on grieving, shares his wisdom and we also talked with caregivers, survivors and other family members about their experience with grieving.

Boosting Self-Esteem After Stroke
Stroke can affect self-esteem the same way fire ants can impact a picnic: disastrously. We talked with two experts about emotional recovery and social reintegration after stroke. They provide valuable insights into the devastating impact stroke may have on the self-esteem of survivors, and how that affects social reintegration, and the crucial role that plays in recovery.

This content was last reviewed on 03/18/2013.

Find Support

Seeking support from others who've experienced stroke can be a huge benefit to recovery. Stroke groups afford the opportunity to share feelings, ideas and resources.  Find a group in your area.