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FamilyMember, May 5,  2021  1:21pm EST

Personality Change?

Hi Everyone,

I'm new to this forum. My brother recently had a stroke and I've noticed severe personality changes -- he's increasingly negative and impatient with others. He's always been a bit like this, but the stroke seems to have magnified these negative traits. Are these types of personality changes normal? Do people ever change back? I can't even ask him a simple question without setting him off. He just wants to talk "at" me and others. I don't know what to do. He really is a good brother, and I'm concerned he'll alienate people with this new harsh, negative personality. There's very little balance in his personality as there was pre-stroke.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, May 5,  2021  5:44pm EST

    Hello there,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to the Support Network and sharing the experiences you have had while caring for your brother. I am sure that it is difficult to see how much your brother has changed after his stroke. As you wait for others to reply, I can offer you this resource on Personality Changes Post Stroke which will hopefully help you understand that your brother's changing personality is not uncommon in stroke survivors. I also recommend thinking about contacting the Stroke Family Warmline. This will connect you with an American Stroke Association team member who will be able to give you useful information and provide support by offering a listening ear. 

    Please keep us updated on your brother's condition.


    AHA Moderator

  • MrsMcAfee
    MrsMcAfee, May 24,  2021  11:18am EST

    I'm not sure about stroke victims, but I am finding out personality changes are a little discussed issue with medical providers in heart patients. I had to do a lot of on line reading to try and figure out why my husband’s personality was changing after his heart attacks. Hang in there and try not to take it personally, I know it's hard, but I've begun to understand that many do not understand how they have changed and are coming across to others. 

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