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Stroke: Behavior Changes

Overview

Depending on what part of the brain was affected, a person may not act the same after a stroke as they acted before the stroke.

In some cases, these behavior changes may be the result of an emotional or psychological problem. But they might also be linked to:

  • A memory problem. For example, someone may need reminders to do daily tasks.
  • A behavior problem. For example, a person may not respond the right way in social situations.

If the person you care for has these problems, talk with your doctor to see if treatment might help. And remember that nagging or getting angry only makes things worse. But giving praise for positive behavior can help.

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Current as of: March 28, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Richard D. Zorowitz MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation