Studies have shown that Strokes are the No. 5 killer of all Americans and they are a leading cause of long-term adult disability too. If you are lucky enough to survive a stroke, some sort of therapy will be needed. Therapy typically last months or even years. Symptoms of a stroke can get better but usually do not return to normal. However new abilities can be gained and improved.
When victims of a stroke do not receive enough mental health support, it can significantly hinder recovery. It is extremely difficult and mentally exhausting for stroke victims to relearn skills and abilities. It cannot be stressed enough how much the power of support plays in recovery.
Below is a list of some therapies that might be needed:
- Psychological counseling – is needed most of the time to help victims think and rationalize their new reality. It is hard for victims to accept the fact that their skills and abilities are different then they were before (In some case just days ago). For example just imagine waking up one day and you can talk or communicate. Furthermore, imagine not being able to move your arm or leg. Think about how many times a day you use them. What do you do if you can’t? How frustrating that is?
- Physical therapy helps with problems in moving and balance. They can also suggest exercises to strengthen muscles for walking, standing and other activities.
- Occupational therapy helps with strategies to manage daily activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, writing and cooking.
- Speech therapy can help with talking, reading and writing, and shares strategies to help with swallowing problems.
Therapy should be used to regain the abilities to do daily functions, but mental therapy should not be forgotten. It is very difficult to properly think, rationalize, and accept new realities. Therapy and support are a must.