How You Can Prevent Stroke
November 11, 2021
What Happens When You Are Having a Stroke
November 11, 2021

Emotional Effects of Stroke

It is very normal to experience a range of thoughts, feelings and emotions after having had a stroke. Any emotions that you might feel are natural and part of the adjustment process.


You may feel that you have lost control of your emotions after having a stroke. This can lead to periods of tearfulness that happen unexpectedly.

Mood difficulties

Feeling frustrated, grumpy or low in mood is a normal reaction after a stroke.


Most stroke survivors will experience depression at some stage. Depression is not a sign of weakness. It is a normal reaction to a major change in your life. Look out for the following symptoms:

  • Feeling helpless and hopeless
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Irritability or restlessness
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

Memory and cognition

Some people experience changes in their concentration, memory or problem-solving skills. These changes can affect your ability to do everyday tasks such as learning and remembering new information, keeping track of the day, date or time, remembering to take medication or brushing your teeth.

Personality changes

After your stroke you may not feel like the same person, because of the range of emotions that you are experiencing. It is normal that this change in moods affects your personality.

Sexual relations

It is normal for anyone who has had a stroke to feel anxious about sex. Many people are afraid that having sex may lead to another stroke or to a heart attack. The good news is that there are no medical reasons for limiting sex after a stroke.

How to manage and cope with your emotions

Life may have changed after your stroke and adjusting to these changes can be very difficult. Do not feel that you have to go through this on your own. Talk about your feelings with family and friends or meet up with others who have been through a similar experience. Joining a local stroke support group will also help you to share stories, receive emotional support and feel less alone. Ask your doctor or psychologist for help if you suspect that you are becoming depressed.

Book your hospital stay now

Please make your pre-admission booking for having your baby by 28 weeks. This will ensure a fast and efficient admission process when you are due to deliver.