by Anne Trueman on  May 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM Health Watch
Stroke Survivors Need Emotional Support
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.

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 instant."

"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.

Source: Medindia

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