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National Stroke Association
National Stroke Association

October 2012

Depression and Emotional Episodes

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Depression, anxiety and other emotional behavior changes are common in stroke survivors. But sometimes, a stroke survivor's depression is not actually depression. Pseudobulbar affect (PBA) is triggered by damage to an area of the brain and is often mistaken for and misdiagnosed as depression.

Our new Faces of Stroke and PBA Ambassador, Sonja, and her daughter Amber are sharing their experience with PBA. See their story.

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Post-stroke Conditions

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Get information on 16 post-stroke conditions—from sleep problems to spasticity, foot drop to fatigue. Start by identifying your conditions with our new interactive graphic and learn about symptoms, treatment and management of each condition.

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Focus Group Participants Needed


Whether you use smartphone applications or not, we’d like to talk to you. National Stroke Association is conducting focus groups with stroke survivors and caregivers on smartphone applications in the Denver, Colo., area. Participants will be compensated $50 for their time.

If you live in the Denver area and are interested in learning more, please call (303) 754-0906 by Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.

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Virtual Support Group for Caregivers

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Caregiving should be about caring for both yourself and a stroke survivor. Join Careliving Community and connect with more than 1,600 caregivers. 

Careliving Community is an online community exclusively for caregivers and family members of stroke survivors. It’s a place to share stories, get advice, write about your experiences, share photos, connect with new friends and more—any time, day or night, without leaving the house.

Join Careliving today

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Our CEO Is Being Followed

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And he would love it if you joined in. Use these icons to “like,” follow and connect with our Chief Executive Officer, Jim Baranski, on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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”I had the choice of giving up and allowing this event to completely change and ruin my life or fight back and make my body work again.” –Ken L., stroke survivor

Read Ken’s story of stroke and recovery in the Faces of Stroke gallery.


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Corporate Alliance Board Members

Chairman level
Allergan, Inc. • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Genentech, Inc.

Executive level
Medtronic, Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company/Pfizer Inc. Partnership

Director level
ACORDA Therapeutics
Avanir PharmaceuticalsLundbeck
Patterson Medical

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