In fact, ongoing depression has been shown to affect your quality of life, your vitality, and your social life, as well as your physical and general health.
If you have recently had heart surgery, it is common for feelings of depression and/or anxiety to increase – but this could affect your ability to recover in the short and long term.
This could be because depression tends to affect whether you participate in, and complete, your cardiac rehabilitation program.
For all these reasons – and many more – it is vitally important that you reach out and find support if you are struggling with depression.
Treatment for Depression
Fortunately, once diagnosed, depression can be treated safely and effectively.
Psychological therapies can also help you combat depression and anxiety. These therapies help build skills in coping with stressful life circumstances and can be provided by a psychologist, psychiatrist or other trained health professional.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) currently has the largest amount of research carried out on its effectiveness. CBT teaches people to evaluate their thinking about common difficulties, helping them to change their thought patterns. and the way they react to certain situations.
Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is also effective for treating depression and some types of anxiety. It helps people find new ways to get along with others and to resolve losses, changes and conflicts in relationships.
Interventions are based on best available evidence, integrated with individual client characteristics, current physical health, culture and preferences. Your doctor can assess your needs and help you decide whether to seek help from a psychologist.
Author: Mia Olsson, BA Psych (Hons), Dip Nurs, AMAPS.
Registered Psychologist Mia Olsson has had a broad interdisciplinary role in the health industry for over thirty years, including hospital-based nurse training, and an Honours Degree majoring in Psychology. She has a particular interest in assisting clients with depressive disorders, anxiety, acute and chronic complex trauma, and health related issues.
To make an appointment with Psychologist Mia Olsson, try Online Booking – Loganholme or call M1 Psychology (Loganholme) on (07) 3067 9129.
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The information on this topic page is NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis, treatment or the provision of advice by an appropriate health professional.