Yes, ever since my MI. Been on Lexapro for many years. Once I thought it wasn't working much until I went off of it and was not good... I have also been on Coreg for years and agree that it does drain what little energy I do have. Between the meds and low ejection fraction I feel like I have no energy at all, so when I have a good day I end up doing to much and I'm down for a few days... gets really depressing especially since I'm only 54 and want to do so much with my beautiful daughter and her baby girls (2 1\2 and 6 months)... My daughter helps me with a lot and even more this last week since we moved, thank goodness for her. but I know that it's hard for other people to understand just how and why I'm to tired to do much. But when there's good days we have to be thankful for them.
Yes depression anxiety and panic attacks have exacerbated since my chf afib, pulmonary embolism and pleral effusion diagnoses in march. I was very active before, but now cannot even walk thru a grocery store without getting dizzy, lightheaded, and short of breath. I have to shop in 3 sections 3 different days. Dr put me on Zoloft a low dose to start and that has heightened the effects of the other 7 meds the dr put me on that i never was on any meds before march. Im trying to lose weight but its not coming off since i cannot move around too much.it is very frustrating depressing and sad the state of my life now.
When i had my heart attack after it was months i was very depressed the usual am i going to die , why me . Lost 2 stones but still feld bad even the smallest pain in my chest would sent me in to panic mode it has taken me over a year to get over ot snd live s normal life
Unfortunately, heart disease patients do tend to need antidepressants. Findings in patients with chronic diseases are they are at higher risk for depression, anxiety, etc. Strategies for coping help.
My first cardiac arrest happened in Dec 2013 and by Feb 2014 I knew I needed to see a therapist after one night I was laying in bed and I was staring at my bottle of sleeping meds and the thought crossed my mind and I said to myself "it would be so easy for me hell i have a full bottle of pills right there". The only thing that kept me from doing anything then and even till today is I could NEVER put my daughter or my family through something so horrific, I love them too much. By March of 2013 I had to stop driving and by April I had to stop working. I was put on 4 different meds for depression & anxiety and was on them for 5yrs but then there were changes in my health insurance and I could no longer afford all the additional copays for seeing the psychiatrist & therapist. I weened myself off of the last med about 2mo. It's a never ending struggle but I had always been mentally strong before my heart diease started and the stress of more financial issues just trying to stay on those meds were just creating more stress and anxiety! soooooo I just take everything minute by minute and push through the only way I know how because face it, this heart crap isnt going to get any better but I have to
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