Post- Stroke Mood Changes

This presentation is by Dr. Shuen-En Ho, Ph. D. at the University of Kansas Health System. Here clinical and research interests are in rehabilitation/health psychology.


Dr. Ho introduces herself, her background, and the topic of: Post-Stroke Mood Changes.

Introduction to Stroke

The presenter begins with a general overview of stroke, including the definition of stroke and statistics. She also discusses psychological concerns, increased risk factors for depression, anxiety and mood changes following stroke.

Stroke and Mood Changes According to Adjustment Disorder

To better understand abnormal mood changes, the presenter discusses factors of a typical mood, as well as the overall definition of adjustment disorder along with its symptomology.

Stroke and Mood Changes According to Depression

The Presenter discusses characteristics of post-stroke depression, psychological concerns and overlap of symptoms concerning stroke and depression. Post- stroke depression is the most common post-stroke disorder and can often be a reaction to deficits experienced following a stroke.

Stroke and Mood Changes According to Anxiety

Anxiety may present in individuals dealing with post-stroke challenges. Symptoms often experienced with generalized anxiety, as well as the Pseudobulbar Affect are also discussed.

Strategies for Prevention of Mood Changes

There are important strategies to employ in order to effectively deal with mood changes following a stroke. It begins with the identification of mood changes, seeking social support, and engaging in physical activity to promote regulation of the stress pathways.

Treatment for Mood Problems

Briefly descriptions of the different methods of treatment for mood changes following a stroke are discused. This includes Psychotherapy, medications, support groups and a combination of each to address each person’s own unique needs.


This section discusses the definition of resilience and how it presents itself in an individual’s perspective on life following stroke. The presenter also discusses what it does not mean, to fully understand the meaning of resilience.  


An overall summary of topics discussed, that covers the general concept of mood changes following a stroke, prevention, treatment, and awareness of one’s changes in mood post-stroke.