Please Note: All brain injuries are different. They will affect people in different ways. The following are my observations from personal experience with a stroke survivor, as well as what I know about brain injury. Not everyone is going to have this. My point is, lying is a complex behavior that may be unintentional, as well as organically based — not deliberate or manipulative. Some people may be manipulators, and they may become moreso after stroke, but some people simply don’t realize what they’re doing, and they need help and compassion, not judgment and suspicion.
Somebody found their way to this blog by searching for this question: “is it common for a stroke victim to lie about everything?”
I believe it’s not uncommon.
Stroke can confuse you about what’s really going on. And they may not even realize they are lying.
Either that, or it can make a person very anxious, to the point where they’ll lie to get out of trouble, or they’ll just say whatever comes to mind, to cover their tracks.
It can be a real problem, because it can keep a stroke survivor from telling you exactly what’s going on with them.
And if you don’t know, you can’t help them the way they need to be helped.
But it happens.