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Hello, my name is Karen, thank you for bringing your concerns to Just Answer, before, I continue on with my reply to you..please know that I am very sorry to hear of your suffering a stroke..and the effects of this with regards continuous tearfulness..


What is known and researched is that of strokes leading to personality changes and emotional imbalances( to name but a few of the devastating effects)…and that stroke survivors often find that crying, anger, and laughter occur more easily than they did before the stroke. In some stroke patients, “emotional lability” occurs, when crying and laughter become uncontrollable…though documentation of this is somewhat limited..

A way of letting other Drs becoming much more informed of this would be by getting in touch with ‘AMA American Medical Association’..who publish the American Medical Journal’ and this gets circulated throughout America .. I have posted their website for you to highlight paste and view..for contact details..Failing this perhaps a news article in your city newspaper would be another option..with an appropriate eye catching heading for Dr’s to see and note.It has been documented over the years that indeed Citalopram is used in treatment of traumatic brain damage..

I have also posted a very informative ( though short) blog from a G Anderson of Neurology University Hospital..below..who actually wrote an article about continueous weaping with regards to a stroke..though, this article was posted in Feb 1995..yet it might be worth while writing to him never the less.

Andersen G.

Department of Neurology, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
1995 Feb;6(2):105-11.


Sadly, there is not a lot of information available concerning the connection..and I wish you well if you proceed in making contact with those mentioned above..and hope that it has been helpful to you…if it has please ‘accept’ my response as it does help us greatly to keep this valuable service going for you and others in the future..
blessings in your recovery

Karen Smith, DipCoun, BMin
Professional Counsellor
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Monday, October 25, 2010 10:36 PM EST
Dear Dr. Smith

I am familiar with Dr. Andersen who wrote that article and I have sent him a email but he has not responded to me. Neithertheless, I will keep trying.



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From Karen Smith

Monday, October 25, 2010 11:29 PM EST
Hello, thank you for your reply..Oh, that is good you are familiar with Dr Andersen and his work…if he has indeed moved on perhaps it would be another option to address it to the head of the Department of Neurology, he/she might well take it a step further for you or it could be well be sent on to Dr Anderson..The next very useful option to perhaps consider would be the American Medical Journal as mentioned..if at all possible..as this permeates right across the USA throughout all hospital boards…Doctors..
Best wishes
Karen Smith Clinical Dip

Karen Smith, DipCoun, BMin
Professional Counsellor
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You replied

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 8:06 AM EST
I will do that as it needs to be dealt with. Thank you for all your help Karen.



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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 3:28 PM EST
Hello, thank you again for your reply …its a privilege to have been here for you…
blessings in your work..take good care.

Karen Smith, DipCoun, BMin
Professional Counsellor


Advice from Stroke victims ?

I am sorry if my question sounds a little odd, but its more for comfort, my gran had a stroke last wednesday, we had her taken straight to hospital, up until friday she could still talk a bit, since then she has had 3 major strokes in hospital (what the doctors say) and is just basically laying there, when we talk to her she can still squeeze our hand when we ask her too, she can open her eyes and mouth slightly and when you ask her a question she can groan to us.
As she is 89 years old the doctors have said her brain is that badly damaged there is not any chance of recovery and if she has another stroke its likely to finish her off.
The reason I am asking this question is that I would like to know from people that have suffered a stroke and are now recovering and moving around, whether my gran will be in any pain, of course its an question I only want to hear the answer "No", but it would be reassuring to hear and know how se might be feeling and thinking, its horrible seeing her like this as she has always been an independent lady, she still lived by herself and could cook a meal for you up until last wednesday, so to see her in hospital have nurses cleaning her is very upsetting.
I know its a fact that all life eventually comes to an end and my gran has had a good life, 89 years old with no illnesses until now, she has always had family around here, she even went on holiday to Spain last month with my mum and dad but it always comes as a shock.
I won't go on but would appreciate to hear from anyone who knows and has experienced a stroke and are happy to share anything with me that may make my family take some comfort in knowing.
As I say, its a strange time for me as not used to anyone close to me getting ill so I am sorry if my question seems inapproriate and sorry if it has offended anyone
Thank you in advance