Many people with
heart failure become discouraged and depressed about
their health and the physical limitations on their daily lives.
Feelings of depression are common for
people who have a long-term (chronic) disease. You may also be feeling lonely
and envious of other people who are living their lives without the discomfort
and inconvenience that you are experiencing.
Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude -- from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don't get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able -- either physically or financially. Caregivers who are "burned out" may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. Many caregivers also feel guilty if they spend time on themselves rather than on their...
Depression causes you to feel sad and hopeless much of the time. It's different from normal feelings of sadness, grief, or low energy. Depression is a medical problem that needs treatment. If you think you may be depressed, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment right away. Untreated depression may get worse.
If you think you might be depressed, talk to your doctor. The sooner you know if you are depressed, the sooner you can get treatment. Treating depression is good for your health. Your doctor may refer you to another doctor who diagnoses and treats depression.
Many people have concerns about seeking treatment for a mental health problem. You might feel too
embarrassed to ask for help, or maybe you think that you'll get over depression
on your own. You may think it's a sign of weakness, or you don't want people to know about it. It's important to overcome these reasons for not seeking treatment.
For help staying healthy if you have depression, see the topic Depression.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
July 30, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 30, 2010
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