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
There may be a behavior problem. The person may not
respond appropriately in social situations. Inappropriate behavior 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
Tell the person immediately when he or she does
Be sure to acknowledge when he or she does the
Talk with your doctor to see if medicines might help
treat the problem.