A stroke can cause emotional changes, including mood swings or feeling anxious or low.
Some people experience changes in their behaviour. This can include becoming more impulsive or being unusually irritable.
Robert Albutt had a stroke on Christmas day. His family were told to prepare for the worst. However, Robert came home three months later and is making progress but has expressive aphasia. He said:
"Frustrating. Try to find the word but people suggest other things which make it hard to focus on what I want to say. Feel hurt and stupid, sometimes tearful. Just give time for me to find the word or think of an alternative like drawing. Still improving."