Especially for Caregivers: Emotions and Behavior After Stroke

Updated:May 30,2014

When Loved Ones Lash Out

Surviving a stroke is typically a trying experience for both survivors and caregivers. Some strokes produce personality changes that may be harmful to relationships. This story looks at two relationships that became abusive after stroke. We interviewed two caregivers – one a daughter, the other a fiancé – about the impact of emotional and verbal abuse. We also talked to Dr. Barry Jacobs, an expert in family therapy and neuropsychologist Dr. Mark Sandberg, a diplomate in Rehabilitation Psychology and staff physician at the VA Medical Center in Northport, N.Y. These experts provide cogent counsel on dealing with this.

Also, view a list of questions that may help you better assess and make decisions about your situation if your loved one is lashing out. 

Caring for Persons With Dementia
When Rosemary Horan developed dementia after several strokes, her daughter Patricia Latham, an attorney in Washington, D.C., discovered that many of her friends were in similar situations with their parents. Determined that others could learn from their experiences, Patricia worked with neuropsychiatrist Jean Posner of Baltimore to develop “Caring for Persons with Dementia,” an eight-page pamphlet of practical advice on issues like communication, legal competence and coexisting physical disabilities.

Sex After Stroke
Sex can be a sensitive subject, but the good news is that many stroke survivors and their partners can enjoy satisfying intimacy after stroke.


This content was last reviewed on 07/31/2013


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