brings big changes to your life. You may struggle with sadness and worry. You
may wonder if you'll still be able to enjoy your life. Coping with your
feelings and seeking help when you need it can help you live better with heart
Depression and anxiety
Heart failure can be hard on your
emotions. You may feel
depressed that you can't do some of the things you
used to do. You may worry about your future. And symptoms of heart failure,
such as shortness of breath, can make this
These feelings are common.
Talk to your doctor if you have
symptoms of depression or are worried a lot.
Depression and anxiety can be treated with counseling and medicine.
You also can help yourself feel better by
changing your "self-talk." Those are the things you tell yourself about how
you're coping. Negative thoughts can make you feel bad. Changing the way you
think can change the way you feel.
- Anxiety: Stop Negative Thoughts
- Depression: Stop Negative Thoughts
- Stop Negative Thoughts: Getting Started
One Woman's Story:
"I would sit at my kitchen table and feel I was in this
cloud of dread. I didn't feel like me. I felt like, 'I'm never going to be me
how Joan got help for depression and anxiety.
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The challenges of living with heart
failure can increase your stress. And stress can make living with heart failure
even harder. Stress also can disturb your sleep and make depression and anxiety
worse. Explore ways to relax and manage stress to help your body, mind, and
- Stress Management: Doing Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Stress Management: Managing Your Time
- Stress Management: Reducing Stress by Being Assertive
- Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
- Stress Management: Doing Guided Imagery to Relax
- Stress Management: Doing Meditation
- Stress Management: Practicing Yoga to Relax
Emotional support from friends and family can help you cope with the struggles
of heart failure. You might want to think about joining a heart failure support
group. Ask your doctor about the types of support that are available where you
Cardiac rehab programs can offer support for you and your family. Ask your doctor if rehab is right for you.
Meeting other people with the same
problems can help you know you're not alone. If you're shy or aren't a joiner,
you can look at an online support group. Even though people online aren't
talking face-to-face, they're sharing their feelings and creating a