Emotional and behavioural consequences

Emotional and behaviorial changes.JPGCommon emotional and behavioural changes:

  • anger/irritable
  • Impulsivity
  • lability
  • blunting
  • self-centredness
  • poor motivation
  • depression
  • rigidity/obsessional
  • anxiety
  • sexual problems
  • lack of insight
  • risky behaviour
  • agitation
  • physical outbursts.

All these changes are common and understandable. There is a huge variation between what different people experience.

What can cause emotional changes?

Direct neurological damage:

  • frontal lobes regulate: emotions, motivation, sexual arousal, self-control, self awareness
  • re-learn emotional control.

Exaggeration of previous personality:

  • ‘brakes’ become loosened
  • traits become exaggeratedf e.g. drinking to solve problems, promiscuity.

The stresses of adjustment:

  • many losses and changes
  • occurring at the same time
  • symptoms are exacerbated.

The environment the person lives in:

  • physical environment -hospital, home, work place
  • social environment - family, friends, neighbours, staff, colleagues.

Overflowing of our emotional bucket

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What I do currently to manage my health and wellbeing?

Anxiety and depression

It is a normal and common experience but you might need to seek support if it interferes significantly with yourability to function in everyday life.

What strategies work for you?
  • talk to others
  • learn about your abilities
  • use strategies
  • new journey with challenges
  • make practical changes
  • support groups
  • create goals.

Anger and irritability

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Triggers to help reduce anger and irritability:
  • physical activity
  • avoid alcohol
  • have a rest
  • medication
  • develop new activities
  • get into a routine
  • relaxation, yoga, breathing
  • positive statements
  • leave the situation.



Frontal lobe of the brain regulates emotion. Love involves: complex cognitive skills and emotional skills.

Affects on relationships:

  • changes in emotions
  • changes in responsibilities
  • changes in roles
  • changes in communication
  • changes in sexuality
  • loss.
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