This is often a difficult one for people to identify and admit is a problem with their mental health. As a healthcare provider myself, I often hear people say “Yes, I feel sad most days. I’m OK though.”
If you are feeling sad most days, you are not, in fact, OK. While I certainly feel after a life-altering health event, you do have the right to feel down and sad, it should not be daily and if it is impacting your quality of life, it should be addressed sooner than later.
Depending upon the part of the brain that was impacted by your stroke or brain injury, there can be several physiological factors that are contributing to your depression. Meaning it’s not just something you can “walk off.” You may need medical intervention to help alleviate the symptoms.