Addressing anxiety in post-stroke patient
It is well known that strokes often have serious, lasting effects on patients as discussed in a previous post. While the cognitive complications from stroke may be more commonly heard of, psychological effects of stroke are possible and common for post-stroke patients. Such effects like anxiety and depression are thought to be attributed to the physical injury and disruption of the brain, decreased quality of life from the stroke, and/or a combination of preexisting personality traits. Anxiety after a stroke is common among post-stroke patients and persistent, as it can be further complicated by changes in cognitive function.