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by Mary Munro
(Cheshire )

Question: My daughter who is 48 had a stroke 6 weeks ago. It has affected her speech only slightly, but now everything seems to be getting to her. She cannot stop crying. I don't know what else I can do to help her. She is going back to work tomorrow.

Answer: It is not uncommon to be emotionally labile after having a stroke. Since it is only six weeks after her stroke, it may just take time for her emotions to come under control. If, however, a part of her brain that controls emotions has been permanently damaged, and she continues to exhibit these symptoms over time, she could consult with a physician about meds to help with emotions. If it is interfering with her work, she could go ahead and talk to a physician and see if any meds might help temporarily.

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