Depending on what part of the brain was affected by a stroke, the way a person acts may be different from how he or she acted before the stroke.
A person who was very concerned about details before a stroke may become sloppy and care little about personal appearance after a stroke. Because these problems may be annoying, it is easy to think that there is an emotional or psychological problem. In some cases, that may be true. But also consider:
There may be a problem with memory. Someone who fails to bathe or change clothes may need a checklist on the bathroom mirror as a reminder.
There may be a behaviour problem. The person may not respond appropriately in social situations. Inappropriate behaviour should be discussed immediately and in a matter-of-fact way.
If your family member has judgment problems:
Remember that nagging or getting angry only makes things worse.
Tell the person immediately when he or she does something wrong.
Be sure to acknowledge when he or she does the "right" thing.
Talk with your doctor to see if medicines might help treat the problem.
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Karin M. Lindholm DO - Neurology Richard D. Zorowitz MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Karin M. Lindholm DO - Neurology & Richard D. Zorowitz MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation