Having a stroke is a life changing event. Many stroke survivors feel a loss of identity, which can lead to distressing feelings about themselves and their future.
After a stroke many parts of an individual’s life can be impacted. A stroke can impact a person’s relationships, their ability to work, their household roles, their finances, and/or their ability to participate in activities.
Due to these changes, many stroke survivors will experience stress, anxiety and depression. One in three people experience depression at some point during the first five years after their stroke.
It is important for caregivers of stroke survivors keep a look out for any signs of depression exhibited by their loved one. Here are some of the common symptoms of depression.