Stoke can have a devastating impact on people’s lives because it is sudden and can be life-changing. Even strokes that do not cause any obvious physical impairment, can cause subtle but important changes in a person’s thoughts, emotions and behaviour. Adjusting to life after stroke can be very challenging for the patient and for their families. For some, it can lead to depression and anxiety.
Psychologists can help with adjustment and prevention of mood problems as well as building motivation and self-confidence to engage in rehabilitation activities.