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Here's a relevant look at “hidden” disabilities after stroke:
“People will say, ‘You look great.’ If they don’t see anything outwardly wrong, they think I’m OK,” she said.
“Hidden” problems facing survivors and families after stroke include aphasia, cognitive impairments, and changes to behavior or personality, according to Sara Palmer, Ph.D., a rehabilitation psychologist and part-time faculty member at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University. These challenges can include:Now, remember that aphasia does NOT decrease intelligence.
- Memory and reasoning deficits
- Personality changes
- Vascular dementia
But these problems are as real as those not hidden.