Sometimes it’s okay to put yourself first.
One in five people experience depression at some point in their lives.
It’s natural to feel sad, low or despondent in response to setbacks, upsetting life events and difficulties.
Someone with a congenital heart condition might, at times, face additional challenges that can affect their mood.
These challenges include:
- Changes in symptoms
- Feeling different from others
- Deterioration in health
- Physical limits on exercise and activities
- Waiting for and recovery from surgery
- Concerns about the future
- Financial concerns
- Employment worries and issues
- Life expectancy issues.
Getting down and feeling low is a normal reaction to these events, as are feelings like anxiety and anger. At these times, it is essential to focus on taking care of yourself and getting the support you need.