People who have had a stroke on the left side of the brain tend to
be slow, cautious, and disorganized when they are doing unfamiliar activities.
They appear anxious and hesitant, which is often quite different from the way
they were before the stroke.
It all started with a headache -- pounding pain behind the left eye -- that wouldn't go away.
A healthy 37-year-old at the time, Jill Bolte Taylor tried to shake the pain
with a cardioworkout. But that didn't work.
Feeling rocky, Taylor headed for her shower. She noticed herself losing
coordination and struggling with balance -- she had to lean against her shower
The shower's roar startled her, and her sense of where her body began and
ended was fading. "My perception of myself was that...
It may be helpful to offer reassurance or words
of encouragement. However, don't praise someone for imaginary
Offer praise after each step in a task. Allow time for
self-correction of mistakes. If the person cannot correct the mistake, point
out the error and give a hint.
Stroke on the right side of the brain
People who have had a stroke on the right side of the brain tend to
be impulsive and act too quickly. They may act as if they are unaware of their
problems. They often try to do things that are beyond their abilities and that
may be unsafe, such as trying to walk across a room without putting on a brace
and then falling as a result.
If your family member has become impulsive, gently remind him or
her to slow down.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
January 7, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 07, 2011
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