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.
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
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
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
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March 12, 2014
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