Emotional changes

Meningitis can be extremely traumatic and the emotional impact on individuals and families can be huge, whatever the outcome

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After meningitis

People tell us that after meningitis, their emotions can change from day-to-day. 

  • Everyone will respond to their illness differently
  • Emotional difficulties will vary depending on age
  • Young children can often experience nightmares, bed wetting, clinginess and temper tantrums
  • Teenagers can go through a period of depression and find it difficult to express their emotions
  • Children and adults may experience anxiety and depression, lack of self-esteem and confidence, and behavioural problems such as aggression and mood swings
  • Patience and understanding is often the best way forward. Some people may need more support to get them through the bad times

We can help you

It's not unusual to feel isolated after meningitis. Talking to someone who understands can be a great help.

  1. Our specially trained helpline staff are at the end of the phone when you need them.
  2. Our Peer to Peer service means you can talk to someone who has been through a similar experience, over the phone, on email or face to face.
  3. Our free counselling service provides you with a professional counsellor to talk to
Affected by emotional changes after meningitis?

We can help you. Please contact us for more information on our other free support services that can help you. Call our Meningitis Helpline on 0808 80 10 388 or email us helpline@meningitisnow.org.