Saturday, March 07, 2015

Stroke Rehabilitation - Thinking & Memory

Dick Burns
Live or Die:

A Stroke of Good Luck
Friday, June 1, 2012

Stroke can cause damage to parts of the brain responsible for memory, learning and awareness.  Stroke survivors may have shortened attention spans or problems, or even loss of short term memory.   Stroke survivors may lose the ability to plan ahead, comprehend meanng, learn new tasks, and other mental activities.  Two very common problems are denial of these impairments, or any impairments, and this is complicated by the the loss of learned purposeful movement of the body.

But, as we said before, these are not problems, these are opportunities.

Tied-in are emotional disturbances.  Many people who have had a stroke feel fear, anxiety, frustration, anger, sadness, a sense of grief for their mental and physical losses.  Don't over-do, over-react.  These feelings are a natural reaction to the mental trauma. Emotional disturbances and personality changes are natural reactions.  Clinical depression, a sense of hopelessness at the inability to function is the most common disorder.  Signs of this are sleep disturbances, a change in eating patterns leading to wieght loss or gain, lethargy, social withdrawal, irritability, fatigue, self-loathing and deprivation, even suicidal thoughts.

All these things can be treated with medication and counseling.

But the medication, the most effective counseling must be helped by you, the stroke survivor.  You will make it all effective.  Remember, you've got ot put one foot down at a time, one foot in front of the other, again and again and again and again - until it's right.  It may take awhile, but the result is worth it.

Interested in the result?  Just read the book, "Live Or Die, A Stroke of Good Luck”. Dick Burns,

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