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Crying and laughing

A man crying

After the stroke, you may find it difficult to stop crying or laughing.

Hearing kind words, or seeing something sad on television may start you crying.

Sometimes, people start crying or laughing for no reason.

A stroke can damage your brain's ability to control weeping and laughing.

You may laugh or cry, even though you're not feeling particularly happy or sad.

Usually, the problem eases with time.

What you can do

  • Don't blame yourself. It's part of your stroke.
  • Take deep, even breaths.
  • Try changing the subject or doing something different.
  • Have some time on your own for a while.

What others can do

  • Stay calm and quiet and matter of fact.
  • Try not to join in with tears or uncontrollable laughter.
  • Try changing the subject or doing something different.
  Important

If the problem carries on and continues to be very severe, you could think about taking medication to help you control crying and laughter. Discuss this with your GP.

Sometimes, people go on feeling sad and distressed. If this happens, you may be depressed.

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