Stroke Support Group

A stroke is an acute neurologic injury where the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted, either by a clot in the artery or if the artery bursts. The brain perfused by that artery no longer receiving oxygen carried by the blood and dying with cessation of function from that part of the brain.

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Mood swings after stroke

My partner had a stroke 3 months ago at 42. He has recovered physically 99.9% but lately I've noticed extreme mood swings where he can just blow up for relatively issues of little consequence. Has anyone else experienced this? How did you cope? How did you treat it?

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My husband does this also. I got his dr. to give him a med for depression. Actually it is a med for pain/depression also. Because if it just said depression he wouldn't take it. I try not to get upset because he can say some hurtful things. I try to just blow it off. Or I make a joke instead. I know it can be hard to deal with. Luck to you.
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My mom goes to a stroke support group and has met many nice people and learned from their experiences. She also found an anxiety/depression group that she goes to once a month. If these are things your husband would do with you, perhaps you could get to the bottom of what is bothering him. My mom's mood swings are more emotional and she will fall apart over an every day disappointment - I know it takes constant tolerance and encouragement. Hope things improve for you.
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I know I have had major mood swings after my stroke, and I know it is hard on those around me....it is hard on me too because I know I get them, though it's hard to admit something is different or creating chaos. Please just be patient, and know it is not you. Don't argue, or point out where he has gone wrong. It's a lot to handle and you both need to be on the same page. Hang in there....I know we are difficult, but it's the illness. I am certain it gets better in time.