Your brain controls how you move, feel, communicate, think and act. Brain injury from a stroke may affect any of these abilities. Some changes are common no matter which side of the brain the injury is on. Others are based on which side of the brain the stroke injures.
What are the most common general effects of stroke?
- Weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
- Difficulty speaking or slurred speech or trouble swallowing
- Loss of emotional control and changes in mood
- Problems with memory, judgment, problem-solving or a combination of these
- Personality changes, improper language or actions
- Decreased field of vision and trouble with visual perception
What are common emotional effects of stroke?
- Apathy and lack of motivation
- Frustration, anger and sadness
- Reflex crying or emotions may change rapidly and sometimes not match the mood
- Denial of the changes caused by the brain injury
Will I get better?
In most cases people do get better over time. The effects of a stroke are greatest right after the stroke. How fast and how much you improve depends on the extent of the brain injury and your rehabilitation.
- Some improvement occurs spontaneously and relates to how the brain works again after it’s been injured.
- Stroke rehabilitation (rehab) & therapy programs, like those offered by Freudenthal, help you improve your abilities and learn new skills and coping techniques.
- Rehab begins after the stroke is over and you’re medically stable.
- Depression after stroke can interfere with rehab, so it’s important to discuss treatment with your doctor as soon as you notice the signs.
- Most improvement often occurs quickly in the first months after a stroke. It will also continue over the next few years, perhaps at a slower pace.