Have you had a stroke? How could you tell?
A stroke is a sudden stop of blood supply to part of the brain. Some people have strokes without ever knowing it. These so-called silent strokes either have no easy-to-recognize symptoms, or you don’t remember them. But they do cause permanent damage in your brain.
If you've had more than one silent stroke, you may have thinking and memory problems. They can also lead to more severe strokes.
People with depression may be reluctant to seek help, because
they feel that it is a sign of personal weakness or a character flaw or that
they should be able to "pull out of it" on their own. We now know that
depression, like other medical conditions, has a chemical and biological basis.
Treatment for depression is safe and usually effective even for severely
It may be hard for you to recognize that you are
depressed. If you think that you may be depressed, talk with your doctor. If depression is not treated, it can get worse over time and may
slow your recovery. For more information, see the topic Depression.