It’s common to feel depressed or helpless after you’ve experienced a heart attack or have been diagnosed with heart disease. Those who’ve experienced these cardiac conditions are often met with feelings of uncertainty and feel as though their lives are out of their control.
Bouts of depression or sadness are normal and typically go away within a few weeks. However, in some cases, depression can last for a longer period of time and may keep you from living your everyday life.
More than 80% of those who have symptoms of clinical depression don’t receive the specific treatment they need. If your depression has become severe or persists for longer than two or more weeks, it may be in your best interest to seek treatment through inpatient neuropsychiatric care facilities to help you recover.
What role does depression play in heart disease?
According to the American Heart Journal, as many as 15% of patients with heart disease experience severe depression. Depression can have a negative impact not only on our daily activities and social interactions but also on our health.
Untreated depression can cause stress, which may lead to irregular heart rhythms, weakened immune systems, and high blood pressure. In fact, those who have clinical depression have been shown to exhibit increased proinflammatory markers, increased platelet reactivity, and decreased heart variability. These are all considered risk factors for heart disease.
What’s more, depression can increase the risk of blood clots and heart attack in those who already have heart disease. Depression has even been known to increase pain, cause social isolation, and increase fatigue in those recovering from their cardiac surgery.
When should I seek help for my depression?
Depression and feelings of sadness are normal for the first few weeks after a diagnosis or surgery. However, when your depression stays with you for two or more weeks it may be a problem.
You should consider seeking treatment for your depression if other symptoms such as social withdrawal, inability to participate in daily activities, and thoughts of suicide or feelings that you don’t want to be around anymore. You should also seek treatment if your depression is making it difficult for you to recover from your surgery.
If you or a loved one are depressed and your depression is impacting your daily life, it may be in your best interest to seek treatment through inpatient neuropsychiatric care facilities.
NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals offers a wide range of neuropsychiatric programs such as art therapy and recreational therapy to help you get back to where you want to be in your life. For more information, contact the inpatient neuropsychiatric care facilities of NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals today.