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How might a stroke affect me emotionally?

Given that the brain is the cradle of your emotions and your psyche, it is not surprising that a brain attack can have psychological reverberations. As you recover from your stroke, you may find yourself flooded with feelings that are overpowering or misplaced. It's not uncommon to feel an increased urge to laugh or cry inappropriately, or to get angry easily. You may also experience sexual dysfunction. Although counseling is part of rehabilitation, your need for counseling may last far longer than your need for muscle-strengthening exercises or speech therapy. Psychosocial counseling for you and your family can help you learn to live with the aftershocks of your stroke.

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