While most people recover well following a stroke, some may have ongoing psychological problems, which cause considerable distress, and impede functional independence and recovery. It is very common for patients to feel worried, angry or low after a Stroke. This is a normal part of the process of adjustment and adaptation to serious illness. These feelings usually tend to settle on their own, or with the help of family, friends and care staff. Sometimes people can become quite profoundly anxious or depressed, or suffer prolonged difficulties such as insomnia, sexual dysfunction or chronic pain.
A Psychologist can help people whose behaviour and understanding have been badly affected by the stroke.
A Clinical Psychologist will be able to fully assess the extent of the problems with thinking and understanding that someone has, and decide what will be the best form of therapy. Like Psychiatrists they can also help in cases of severe mood disturbance such as severe depression.