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What should I do if I am feeling depressed after a stroke?

We all get sad from time to time. We tell ourselves or someone we love to “look at the bright side,” “buck up,” “be thankful for what you have,” or “things always get better” and move on. Things usually do get better. But the depression many people experience after a stroke is different. You may not be able to snap out of it without help. Whether it is the emotional difficulties that you experience in dealing with the day-to-day realities of recovering from a stroke or a physiological side effect of the stroke, it is a serious problem that requires professional treatment and care.
If you feel terribly sad or bad about yourself after your stroke, have trouble sleeping, see little point in living, have lost your appetite, lost interest in your usual activities, or any other emotions that prevent you from feeling better and moving forward with your recovery, talk to your friends, family, and doctor about it. Get help. Depression is not a sign of personal weakness. It is a medical illness with treatment options that can make you feel better and help you recover from your stroke.

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