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Emotional Changes

Some stroke survivors with deficits involving their reasoning, problem solving and judgment may exhibit some of the following behaviors:

  • Difficulty with routine tasks
  • Thinking there's only one solution to a problem
  • Confusion when performing everyday tasks
  • Acting impulsively
  • Concrete thinking and difficulty relating
  • General confusion regarding time of day and time management
  • Difficulty understanding abstract concepts
  • Difficulty sequencing the steps of routine tasks
  • Poor judgment
  • Difficult seeing things from other points of view and thinking almost entirely of their own needs
  • Being influenced by the attractive aspects of a situation and not thinking of the long-term consequences
  • Some survivors may perseverate, or continually repeat words, thoughts or actions unrelated to the current issue at hand.
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