Depression is a mental health disorder that effects more than 3 million people every year. Loss of interest in activities and a continuously depressed mood cause significant impairment of daily life. Depression and heart disease can often occur simultaneously together. After a heart event, a person can become depressed because of the change of lifestyle that may follow. Also, people with depression seem to develop heart disease at a higher rate. Taking care of both your mental health and your heart health is important.


The Mended Hearts, Inc. ha partnered with Mental Health America. Through this partnership, we have our own personal link to help those identify mental health issues they may have and provide resources to assist in handling those feelings. Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.

 

 

Take an Online Screening HERE

 


Signs & Symptoms of Depression

  • Persistent feeling of sadness
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Irritability
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Appetite and weight change

Effects of Depression

  • A lower desire to follow the treatment plan
  • Greater likelihood to smoke and drink
  • Greater risk for another heart event
  • Lower desire for physical activity
  • Bad eating habits
  • Anxiety
  • Problems at work or school
  • Family and relationship problems
  • Social isolation
  • Suicide

Managing Depression

  • Social Support
  • After a heart attack, guidance from a psychiatrist, psychologist, or psychiatric social worker can help with your recovery
  • Group therapy with heart attack recovery patients
  • Antidepressant medication
  • Lifestyle changes

Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings

  • If you are having suicidal thoughts and feelings, make an appointment with a health care professional. Make a call to a friend or family member or reach out to a support group.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Line is available 24 hours a day, toll free, at 1-800-273-8255

Questions to ask your Doctor

  • How will my depression affect my heart health?
  • What type of depression do I have?
  • How can my weight and appetite be affected by my depression?
  • Does my depression need to be treated with medication?
  • What lifestyle changes can I make to help my depression?

Depression Discussion Guide

 

 

 

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