When damage is caused to the brain by a stroke, psychological changes may occur. Common emotional changes include feeling out of control or overwhelmed by one’s mood or situation, depression, anxiety and post-stroke fatigue. Depending on the type of stroke, cognitive/mental processes may also be affected such as memory, attention and ability to plan and organise oneself.
Neuropsychology aims to work collaboratively with the individual and their family/support network in order to understand how the stroke has affected them and impacted them emotionally. Treatment can then be tailored to the individual’s needs in order to provide support and strategies to enable the person to better manage and cope.