Graphic with quote: It has been 26+ months since my stroke. In the past 4 months I witness my granddaughter being born. That was amazing. Only 50% there but I am hopeful! - Louis Desantis, Stroke Survivor

Stroke can have all sorts of different effects. Many effects are physical and easy to see, but there can also be hidden effects, like emotional changes. After a stroke you may experience fear, anxiety, frustration, anger, sadness, and a sense of loss for the changes you have experienced. These feelings are a natural response to stroke.

Some emotional and personality changes are caused by the physical effects of brain damage, other changes are because of your feelings and thoughts about stroke. A stroke takes time to adjust to, but if you are experiencing depression or other personality and emotional changes you should talk to your healthcare professional. There are treatment options to help you deal with the emotional fallout from your stroke.


Experiencing feelings of anger, frustration, anxiety, sadness, fear, and hopelessness in varying degrees (depression) is a very common post-stroke condition. Get information on the symptoms, treatments, and tips for living with depression.

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Pseudobulbar Affect – PBA

An outburst of uncontrollable crying or laughing (Pseudobulbar Affect or PBA) is a common post-stroke condition. Get more information on treatments, tips, and resources for living with PBA.

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