HomeAnswersPsychiatrystrokeWhy does an 80 year old behave like a 20 year old after hemiparalysis attack?

My mother (80 years old) got hemiparalysis attack. She feels and talks as if she were in her twenties.


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Ananth Shanmugam

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Published At October 16, 2014
Reviewed AtFebruary 2, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My mother is 80 years old, and she had got a hemiparalysis attack last week. She has developed a mental disorder. She feels and talks as if she were in her twenties. Kindly help.

Answered by Ananth Shanmugam


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Stroke in elderly people, especially resulting in residual weakness, paralysis or other motor sensory deficits, invariably leads to a major depressive episode that may not improve on its own. Silliness, childishness, and immature behaviors are consistent with mental regression that accompanies depression in elderly people. A prompt evaluation by a psychiatrist followed by antidepressant medication is recommended.

One other thing, caregivers of such stroke-afflicted depressed elderly patients are also prone to get depressed.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Ananth Shanmugam
Ananth Shanmugam

Psychologist/ Counselor

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