Psychology and neuropsychology
Psychologists and neuropsychologists are health professionals who can help with mood and thinking changes after stroke.
Psychologists are experts in human behaviour, having studied the brain, memory, learning, human development and the processes of how people think, feel, behave and react. A psychologist can help you manage difficult or overwhelming emotions or moods. They provide treatment for depression and anxiety. They can also help you if you or your family is having trouble getting used to life after stroke. Your psychologist may use a variety of techniques, and will work to find an approach that works for you.
A neuropsychologist may work with you if you are having trouble with memory, thinking or behavioural problems. They may team up with an occupational therapist to develop practical strategies. A neuropsychology assessment may be required after a stroke to establish a treatment plan or to provide rehabilitation recommendations. A neuropsychological assessment can help clarify whether or not you are able to return to work, study and driving and what support you might need. In more complex cases, a neuropsychological assessment can help determine if you have capacity to make decisions on lifestyle and finances, or if an alternative decision maker may be required.
You may notice changes to your mood and thinking after a stroke.
A psychologist or neuropsychologist can help you.
A psychologist can help you with difficult or overwhelming emotions or moods.
They can treat you if you feel very sad or worried.
They can also help you and your family to get used to life after stroke.
A neuropsychologist can help with memory, thinking or behavioural problems.
They may work with an occupational therapist to give you things to do that will help.
A neuropsychologist can help you decide if you are ready to go back to work, study or driving.
They can also help if you are worried that you can’t make decisions about your life and finances.