Emotional Stress

Joyce Hoffman

About the Author: Joyce Hoffman is one of the world’s top 10 stroke bloggers according to the Medical News Today. With the help of her team, Joyce created this newsletter inspired by the format of Dear Abby. The newsletter is a dialog with Joyce on issues only a survivor could fully understand.You can find the original post and other blogs Joyce Wrote in https://dearjoyceqanda.blogspot.com

60 / 100

Dear Joyce,

From time to time, I become emotional and feel like crying or am impatient after my stroke, which causes a lot of stress. Will those feelings go away?



Dear Emotional,

Remember that crying, impatience, and stress are typical early on. My stroke is 11 years old, and for the first 2 years, I had those same emotions. They’re part of the grieving process that we all go through as stroke survivors, and will become less and less in time.

Establishing a one-on-one relationship, preferably with another stroke survivor who’s not “new” to the game, could be beneficial. Keep in mind that stroke survivors just can’t be rushed into a support group setting because someone else thinks it would be a good idea.

When discussing your question, another stroke survivor in the Northwest Brain Network said that it helped him to focus on things he gained before stroke–such as job experience or hobbies, rather than the challenges after stroke.

Just the fact that you are aware of those feelings points to success!