RESEARCH: EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE POST RIGHT HEMISPHERE STROKE

Emotional Experiences and Challenges People Face Following Right Hemisphere Stroke

Can you help us gaining a better understanding of emotional experiences and challenges people face following right hemisphere stroke?

My name is Ioana Clonis and this study is a part of my studies for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DCPsych) at New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in conjunction with Middlesex University. The research will explore people’s emotional experiences following a stroke in the right-hand side of the brain.

The right hemisphere of the brain is particularly important in the processing of emotion and damage in this area can result in changes to emotional awareness and behaviour.

To date there have been few studies exploring the emotional experience of stroke patients. This study will help us to understand the challenges they face and recommend appropriate therapies.

Being involved in this study will entail answering some background information and taking part in a one interview with myself lasting approx. 60-90 minutes.
Participants will be encouraged to discuss their experience of stroke, and to explore how do they experience, understand and communicate emotions. They will also be encouraged to explore how is it like for them to adjust to change in their emotional awareness and behaviour.

 Participants in this study will be selected on the following criteria:
 1. Adults between 25 and 65 years of age
 2. The occurrence of a stroke in the right-hand side of the brain
 3. 6 months recovery time after the onset of stroke
 4. Fluent in the English language
If you are interested in taking part in this study, please contact me on the number or email below
0845 5577752 or IC238@live.mdx.ac.uk.
Thank you very much in advance,
Ioana Clonis

I am not eligible for your study as I am 75 yrs old. I had left side stroke nearly 10 years ago which affected the compete right side. This include speech ,vision, paralysis and memory. I have made an almost complete recovery except my memory is not as good.
However the interesting factor in regards to your study is that my emotions were affected
For the first two weeks I kept crying not through self pity it was just spontaneous. When that phase passed and still persists is I have a heightened humerous attitude. I laugh at simple things although i do control it to some degree.
Thought this might be an interesting point regarding your study.
Thank you PO'Connor

Dear Ioana
Stroke is the Cinderella illness. Underfunded. Largely ignored.
Any research is welcome. However, why exclude the over 65s ? Don't we count ?
Also, are you researching those at 6 months only ? The effects go on for years, so you wont get a valid sample if you limit to 6 months.
Whatever you decide, good luck with your project
Colin

I am in agreement with Colin admittedly those first 6months may also include emotional response to trauma but why the cut off point?

I agree with the last two comments. I had my stroke at 72 and was fortunate not to experience too much of an emotional roller coaster. Some fear was there and some 'friends' coped with the event even less. I shed no tears, but worried about my relationship with my partner. Emotions do not end at the age of 60. One thing I lost temporarily was my sense of humour, but seventeen months on I am, emotionally, pretty much as I used to be.

Dear Colin
Thank you so very much for your message. First of all I am very sorry to hear about your stroke. I am a psychologist specialising in working with over 65. However, the reason for choosing the under 65 was simply because of the difficulties with returning to work. I am hoping that once I completed my qualifications I will indeed extend my study to over 65. In terms of 6 moths cut of post stroke really relates to the natural rehabilitation that the brain goes through immediately after the stroke. Some people experience emotional difficulties and shortly after they feel back in control. This is why my cut of is 6 month post stroke. But there is no upper limit. I totally agree with you. Please do feel free to stay in touch since if you really interested in my project. I will extend it as soon as I finish my doctoral.

Thank you very much for your kind wishes
All the very best
With warmest regard
Ioana

Dear Peter

Thank you so very much for your message. Fist of all I am so very sorry to hear about your stroke. Yes you are absolutely right. Many people who experience stroke whether on the right side or left side seem to experience the so called emotional liability phenomena. I understand that for some people this is something that they overcome during the initial stage of recovery, but for many it goes on to remain in their life. It does go to show that the brain, this amassing organ that often is taken for granted, is not quite as simple cut as scientists often make it to be.

With warmest regards

Ioana

Hello
Thank you very much for taking an interest in my study. The cut off simply relates to research findings so far which seem to suggest that there is a natural recovery post stroke up to one year but mostly within 6 months.

Warmest regards

Ioana

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