Some stroke survivors may experience emotional lability, exhibiting behaviors that don't fit a person's mood or that may be inappropriate at the given time, such as laughing or crying.
It is also common to experience sensory deprivation, due to prolonged confinement to a bed. The loss of sensory stimulation and human interaction can contribute to behavioral changes such as irritability, confusion and even delusions.
Post-Stroke Depression (PSD) is common after a stroke and often goes undiagnosed. Many times symptoms of depression may be seen within six months of the stroke; however, PSD can take up to two years to develop. Proper diagnosis and treatment of PSD can benefit stroke survivors by improving quality of life, health and motivation for rehabilitation.
Some common characteristics of depression include: