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    Stroke: Behavior Changes - Topic Overview

    Depending on what part of the brain was affected by a stroke, the way a person acts may be different from how he or she acted before the stroke.

    A person who was very concerned about details before a stroke may become sloppy and care little about personal appearance after a stroke. Because these problems may be annoying, it is easy to think that there is an emotional or psychological problem. In some cases, that may be true. But also consider:

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    • There may be a problem with memory. Someone who fails to bathe or change clothes may need a checklist on the bathroom mirror as a reminder.
    • There may be a behavior problem. The person may not respond appropriately in social situations. Inappropriate behavior should be discussed immediately and in a matter-of-fact way.

    If your family member has judgment problems:

    • Remember that nagging or getting angry only makes things worse.
    • Tell the person immediately when he or she does something wrong.
    • Be sure to acknowledge when he or she does the "right" thing.
    • Talk with your doctor to see if medicines might help treat the problem.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: August 21, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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