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Psychological Aspects of Stroke: Patient and Family

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Department of Psychiatry
Strong Memorial Hospital
Rochester, New York

Ann Intern Med. 1962;57(4):689-692. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-57-4-689
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Much attention has been paid to the role of emotional factors in causing somatic illness, and there are many unanswered questions in this area. However, less attention has been paid to the emotional reactions engendered by somatic processes. These notes are directed toward the latter problem; the observations result from two years' experience in the Stroke Rehabilitation Program (1) of the Cardiovascular Disease Control Service, Georgia Department of Public Health.

The Impact of Cerebrovascular Disease: The first reaction to any major illness, especially when that illness is experienced as a threat to life, is a diffuse disorganizing anxiety. This anxiety


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