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Social and Personality Changes after Stroke

by | Oct 25, 2023

After experiencing a stroke, individuals often undergo significant social and personality changes that can profoundly affect their lives and relationships.

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Introduction to Stroke

What causes a stroke? A stroke occurs when there is a disruption in the general flow of blood to the brain. Because the brain is responsible for controlling a person’s behavior and emotions, it is common to notice some social and personality changes in individuals who suffer from a stroke.

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic provides stroke screening, management, and prevention programs aimed at treating various issues caused by stroke. Our stroke specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja will work closely with you to create a personalized solution based on your unique needs.

The post will examine how a stroke can cause social and personality changes and some of the treatment options available to patients.

Social Changes After Stroke

After a stroke, it is common for stroke survivors to experience some social changes that heavily impact their behavior. Some individuals can face difficulties in reading different social interactions, like how they are expected to behave around certain people. Some stroke survivors might exhibit strange behaviors such as interrupting people while they’re speaking, standing too close to people, and not responding appropriately to other people’s body language.

Post stroke, some individuals may find it challenging to make informed decisions and this might result in them making insensitive remarks or acting impulsively, which means that they can’t make sound financial decisions. Other individuals may lose their inhibitions and this might make them crave more physical intimacy or make inappropriate comments.

Personality Changes after Stroke

Stroke survivors may lose interest in some hobbies, become more anxious, and in some cases cry or laugh uncontrollably. Some of these personality changes might seem upsetting not only to them but also to their loved ones. Below are some of the personality changes some individuals might experience after a stroke:

  • Aggression, irritability and anger: A stroke can impact the frontal lobe of the brain that is responsible for controlling emotions. This might result in an individual becoming angry after slight provocation or responding aggressively to small issues.
  • Anxiety: After a stroke, a person might suffer from anxiety disorders, and this can significantly affect their ability to perform daily tasks.
  • Depression: A study found that approximately 30% of stroke victims experience depression five years after experiencing a stroke.
  • Impulsive: If a stroke affected the frontal lobe or the right side of the brain, it is common for an individual to become more impulsive. Some stroke survivors may sometimes overshare, ignore danger or overindulge in certain activities.

Stroke Diagnosis

Diagnosis of personality and social changes post-stroke is only possible through screening. Diagnosis involves clinical evaluation where a stroke victim is provided with a questionnaire. The questionnaire seeks to examine if the individuals exhibits depression symptoms, experiences decreased energy levels, suffers from a decline in concentration or experienced changes in eating habits. 

Read our “Stroke Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment: A Complete Guide” blog post to stay informed about the types of stroke, symptoms, screening, diagnosis, treatment options, stroke management, and more. Anyone is capable of having a stroke, but the chances increase if you have certain stroke risk factors, some which are preventable and some which are not. Call 9-9-5 or get to the nearest emergency room immediately if you or a loved one are experiencing stroke symptoms. 

Stroke Treatment

The good news is that there are treatments for stroke survivors who suffer from social and personality changes. Treatment includes therapies that aim to treat their anxiety, depression and improve their emotional state. Below are some of the common treatments available:

  • Psychotherapy: The type of treatment aims to help stroke victims cope with their social and personality changes.
  • Medication: Medication might be necessary if a loved one is diagnosed with vascular dementia, frontal lobe damage or pseudobulbar affect. Medication can help improve behavioral changes linked to biological alterations.
  • Healthy food: Consuming healthy foods can help in stroke recovery. Some brain-boosting fatty acids can help in brain recovery and in managing personality and social changes.
  • Meditation: Meditation is known to help in dealing with social and personality changes such as impulsiveness.

 

Life After Stroke: Long-Term Effects

Empowering stroke survivors to embrace life after their stroke is a crucial part of their journey. It’s equally important to recognize and address the long-term effects to help them achieve the best possible quality of life in the years to come.

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic’s Comprehensive Stroke Treatments in Singapore

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic provides a full spectrum of neurointerventional treatments that seek to deal with stroke-related issues. Dr. Manish Taneja also offers world-class care and treatment for brain aneurysms, vascular malformation affecting the neck and head and any behavioral changes caused by a stroke. Contact us today to see how we can help you on your stroke journey with our programs including stroke screening, management, and prevention.

    Your Guide to Prevent a Second Stroke

    Knowing and controlling your risk factors, changing lifestyle habits, making decisions with your healthcare professional to find the best treatment are all critical in the prevention of future strokes. 

    Consult a Stroke Specialist in Singapore

    Dr. Manish Taneja, is an expert in endovascular and image guided neurointerventional procedures of brain and spine. It’s important to find a stroke specialist and doctor you can trust in Singapore. He has special interest in treatment of brain aneurysms, stroke and vascular malformations. Come in for a further evaluation. Arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our stroke specialist.

     

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    Stroke Resources

    Transient Ischemic Attack: What You Need to Know

    Not all people get strokes. However, for those who are well, warning signs of stroke can still happen. You might have heard of Transient Ischemic Stroke (TIA), which can lead to a future possible stroke.

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    We’ve Got You Covered for Specialized Stroke Screening, Prevention, and Management

    Imagine heart attacks where the blood flow to your heart is blocked. Similarly, a stroke occurs when the blood flow to your brain is interrupted becoming a “brain attack”. When blood supply does not reach a certain part, brain cells begin to die. Different types of stroke include ischemic strokes (blockage of blood vessel due to blood clot) or a mini stroke, a TIA (transient ischemic attack), with no permanent damage yet serious. Stroke also occurs when a blood vessel in the brain pops causing bleeding in the brain.

    Certain areas of the brain can be affected by stroke and some symptoms of a stroke including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood sugar levels increase the risk of stroke whereas an active lifestyle or controlling high cholesterol reduces the risk. How well do you know stroke? Find tips to prevent and manage stroke, the differences in stroke screening tests, and the newer technology and treatments available. 

    Supreme Vascular and Interventional Stroke Programs

    Brain Aneurysm Resources

    Discover brain aneurysm resources that go beyond the basics designed for patients. Understand the meaning of  a brain aneurysm condition, the causes, symptoms, signs, and more. Connect with your brain health.

    Put Brain Aneurysm on Your Health Radar

    Did you experience the worst headache of your life? Could it be a brain aneurysm that ruptures, which means bleeding in the brain? Thoughts could be racing through your mind. Then what is the difference between unruptured (a weak or thin spot on an artery in the brain that balloons) or ruptured brain aneurysm? If you’re wondering, then the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is here to help. It’s important to look out for the tell-tale brain aneurysm symptoms, signs, causes, and risk factors.

    Dr. Manish Taneja has been performing brain aneurysm treatments since 1995 from surgical clipping to latest minimally invasive procedures. Each patient is unique as is the size and location of the aneurysm. Your brain has different conditions to treat the aneurysm and artery vessel walls of a blood vessel in the brain. This calls for personalised brain aneurysm treatment depending on your symptoms, family, history, medication, and more. A simple CT scan could be just what the doctor ordered and the first step in early detection and prevention of a brain aneurysm. Come in for an easy consultation with our brain aneurysm specialist in Singapore to be on your health radar.

    Other Health Conditions

    The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various neurological conditions and treatments. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our neurointervention specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.