Stroke is a condition
characterized by death of brain cells due to inadequate supply of oxygen to
brain cells. It can be of two types-hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke. Statistics
say that nearly 20 million people each year will suffer from stroke.
Stroke can lead to
emotional upheaval and this aspect of stroke aftermath is often overlooked.
Besides taking care of physical rehabilitation, it is highly important to take
care of the emotional balance of the stroke survivors.
suffer from physical disability and there are about a million stroke survivors
in England. Bewildered changes can be observed in an individual's behavior and
emotions after a stroke. The brain of the stroke survivor is damaged and the
altered attitude and behavior of the person is a manifestation of the injury.
A survey involving
more than 2,700 stroke survivors and their caregivers was conducted in England
where the emotional sufferings and trauma of both were analyzed. Majority of the
stroke survivors said that they felt more depressed and had anxiety.
About 42 percent of the
survivors felt neglected after the stroke. Speaking about the caregivers 8 out
of 10 has suffered from frustration and anxiety. Jon Barrick, chief executive
of the Stroke Association mentioned, "Stroke leaves survivors and families
shocked, shaken and anxious as their lives are often irreversibly changed in an
"Better recognition by health and social
care professionals of the impact of stroke will help people to be properly
assessed and get the right support." Adequate comprehending and handling
with their condition is essential while taking care of stroke survivors.