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I have had depression for 30 years and much worse since my stroke told it is normal to get depressed after a stroke.  Difficult to live with

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    Anne,

    Being told it is normal doesn't really help, does it? If you are anything like me "it's very annoying"

    I had counselling following my stroke, it helped, but it hasn't gone away. Unfortunately, due to NHS restraints the counselling was withdrawn. I'm sure it would have continued to help, had I still been getting it.

    Best wishes Pauline

     

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      being depressed and coping with a stroke is so very difficult. I hate feeling like this, disabled and tearful.  No therapy or counselling suggested for me yetI am tring to cope alone.  LOathe to go bak on anti depressants as took them for 30 years, took me months to wiTHdraw from Effexor, so scared  will struggle again.  Want to manage by myself
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    Have a read up of your Stroke what you need is the truth to get closer with anything always check the medicines that you are discharge with the Hospital discharge summary and always be medical wise with what you have been given I know sometimes it is a bother because side affects can sometimes come in that little yellow pill but its your body have to go nurse has just arrived bye
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    Being depressed is really hard, but ide suggest either giving a visit to a schicologist if your having strokes or visiting a hypnotised as my nan when to a hypnotised after her cancer for her depression and she told me it really helped and suggested that i should give them a visit due to myself being depressed also after my dad passed away.
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    Unfortunatley, sometimes, depression is a side effect after a stroke. EVEN if you have never had depression before.  Feeling like this is not normal and does require treatment. Everyone knows the feeling of sadness.. depression is another beast.  I am so sorry that you are going through this.  It may not be a bad idea to look into seeing a NeuroPsychologist that specialize in Depression after stroke.  Perhaps this may help also:

    http://www.stroke.org/we-can-help/survivors/stroke-recovery/post-stroke-conditions/emotional/depression

    Good luck. And I admire you going on line to seek information and discuss your struggles. I believe doing so is a therapy in itself.

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      it is 10 weeks since my stroke. my mental state is really bad. a return of problems i had before the stroke. it is stopping me to being able to cope with the physical impact of the stroke. I live alone and have to cope. Got anti depressants nowand something to help with anxiety

       

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    My local Stroke Unit at Southend Hospital now has a Psychiatrist attached to it. She sees patients following their discharge. I wish they had that when I was discharged, then I wouldn't have felt so alone and helpless. 

    Best wishes

    Pauline

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    It is normal to get depressed after a stroke, well, that is from my poll of one i.e. me. I came out quite well considering how serious mine (stroke) was. I had other issues at the same time and was in hospital for two months and told them, if they didn't discharge me, I would self discharge.

    When my wife collected the meds from the nurse, she asked if there was anything she needed to know, e.g. what to expect, what support post stroke might be expected. Nothing, here are the meds, goodbye.

    I've been through CERU, complained about the first doctor I saw, so I saw the lead clinician (he was a neurosurgeon, so he is a Mr. not a doctor) and he has put me forward to see a psychologist. I'll come back when I've experienced it and let you know my thoughts.

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