Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Handling the Depression After Stroke

There are so many emotions that a person may feel when they are going through the terrible ordeal of a stroke. This is very hard time for anyone to go through and it is important for you to be very strong but it is important to be able to go through all the steps that are necessary to make a fast and good recovery.

When going through the ordeal of a stroke a person has to have a good support system. They have to have someone that will be there for them and give them the help that they need and someone to confide in as well. A stroke victim is going to need help with both the physical and the emotional part that they will go through. It varies between people, but even the most modest cases should be treated seriously. The stroke victim has basically just had his life threatened and was lucky to survive the ordeal; this time.

There will be many feelings and this is very important to address. Helping someone that has been through the process of a stroke is going to be something that you can do to make a difference. The worst thing that can happen is for someone to go into a deep depression when they are trying to recover from a stroke. These deep depression episodes need to be taken very seriously just like any clinical depression. We are not talking about the blues, but rather possible suicidal ideation. Make things easy for the victim so that things will not seem hopeless. Many know that the likelihood of another stroke is at least 33% or more if steps are not taken to reduce the risk factors.

Having fun is important too. Having fun is essential to the emotional and physical well being of the victim. Making a stroke survivor laugh is important so that they can see that they still have life ahead of them and that they are going to make it through the bad times and have many more good times ahead of them. Making sure that the person knows that they can still go out and enjoy life is very important. Some people will actually become "hermits" after a stroke and this increases the risk of the next stroke being a reality. Get this person to exercise, even if they can only do a little. A little goes a long way toward prevention.

If you or someone that you know has been through the process of a stroke, you have to get up and moving around, like I just mentioned. Get up every morning and get dressed. Make sure that you are feeling good about yourself and that you have the confidence to go through life. Share your thoughts and feelings with a significant person in your life. It also does not hurt to pray!

Make sure that a person that has survived a stroke is going to all the appropriate therapy sessions. It is important to get the strength back and get back to normal or as normal as possible. It will make the difference between someone gaining their life back and someone just giving up. Getting through this time is difficult and it is only time and healing that will make it better. I personally recovered most of my after effects in a short two month session of therapy to strengthen my left side up to normal. I still must walk every day in order to begin to loose weight and become stronger and healthier. My stroke was very scary and I had a very hard time giving up smoking and starting a walking program. Weight loss is next.

Depression is hard on anyone especially someone that has been through a devastating process like a stroke. The most important thing is to not stress over it and get through the bad times and know that good times are coming again and that the opportunity for a second chance has been given so do not pass it up. It is important to have a better diet and the right exercise as well so that the body can gain strength and be healthy once again. Depression and stroke - a deadly mixture. Please do me a favor and get help if you suffer any type of stroke.

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