Because heart failure (HF) can lead to significant health complications and reduced quality of life, both male and female patients can become depressed as a result. While depression is more common among women HF patients, men with HF often suffer depression of greater severity. This may be due to the fact that the physical weakness associated with HF is particularly difficult for men to bear because of the traditional views of masculinity held by many. However, this is an important matter to address regardless of gender. Without proper treatment, depression may lead to a worsening heart condition due to failure to take medicine, exercise, or eat properly. Treating heart disease involves treating the head as well as the heart.
Of course, if you’ve suffered from heart failure and you’re wrestling with depression, you should get help now. But we know that depression doesn’t have to have an obvious cause, like heart failure. Depression can strike anyone at any time for any reason. Our compassionate counselors can provide you with the proven techniques and safe space that you need to be healthy again. For an appointment, please contact us.
P.S. Warning signs of depression among heart patients include loss of interest in activities, changes in weight and/or sleeping patterns, feelings of hopelessness, and withdrawal from friends and relatives.