Depression and low mood

Depression might come about as a natural reaction to the adverse effects of aphasia on your life. If you have aphasia you could feel depressed because you're experiencing:

  • pain
  • confusion
  • a loss of control
  • frustration and feelings of isolation.

Damage to the right side of the brain can affect a person’s ability to express emotions, which can be misinterpreted as depression. 

Emotional changes

A stroke can cause changeable emotions. You might cry or laugh for no reason or swing from one emotional extreme to another.

People with aphasia may also become more self-centred, which can be difficult for friends and relatives to deal with.  

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." 

Getting help

Please seek help from our helplinegroups and services, your GP or visit NHS Choices if you're struggling to cope, or suspect that your relative or friend is depressed.