Depression

Depression can be very common when you have heart disease. Depression can be treated with medications, therapy and other treatment modalities. Talk to your medical provider if you think you may be depressed.

Things that can lead to depression are multiple losses in your life, being diagnosed with a medical condition, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, substance abuse or eating an unhealthy diet.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, you have major depression if you experience five or more of the following signs and symptoms for at least a two-week period.

  • Persistent sadness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, including sex
  • Difficulty concentrating and complaints of poor memory
  • Worsening of co-existing chronic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, heart failure or diabetes
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue, lack of energy
  • Anxiety, agitation, irritability
  • Thoughts of suicide or death
  • Slow speech; slow movements
  • Headache, stomachache, and digestive problems

If you have thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself or others, seek immediate professional help.