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Mood Swings

Research shows that eight out of ten people who suffer from Aphasia will become depressed. Depression can be an understandable reaction to the major losses that go with Aphasia. Damage to certain areas of the brain can also affect mood.

Mood Characteristics
Apparent low mood can have causes other than depression, including:

- Pain
- Confusion
- Loss of control

People with Aphasia may also become more egocentric - concerned primarily with oneself - and this can be very difficult for relatives and friends to deal with.

If you suspect that the person with Aphasia is depressed, seek help from his/her doctor. Or for further information, please follow this link to the NHS Direct website, which provides advice on treating depression and links to depression support charities.

Emotions
Damage to the right side of the brain can affect the ability to express emotions - this can be misinterpreted as depression.

A stroke can cause what is known as "emotional liability" or "emotionalism". People can cry or, in some cases, laugh for no reason; they can swing from one emotional extreme to another.

Medication may help, so do not be afraid to discuss the problem with your doctor.