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Sorting out the psychological changes that may occur after a stroke can be complicated. Not only can some people suffer a range of problems, but it may be difficult to pin down the exact cause of a specific problem. If you or your family or carer, notice changes that are affecting you, discuss this with your doctor. Ask to have a proper examination so that any underlying causes can be correctly diagnosed and treated, if possible. It may be that professionals such as psychologists and psychiatrists can help you find appropriate solutions or coping strategies. It is important that you are helped to find some way to make your future life as meaningful and fulfilled as possible. Keeping up your morale is a crucial aspect of your psychological well-being. Those around you can contribute greatly to this. They should ensure that they understand the reasons for any changes in your behaviour or emotions after a stroke, so they can make sense of what has happened and help as much as possible. It may help you to talk to others who have had similar experiences to yours, for instance in a stroke club or self-help group. By sharing your feelings, and listening to theirs, you may be able to help them – as well as yourself.

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