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:
- 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.
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."