Treating Depression When You Have Pulmonary Hypertension
Life with pulmonary hypertension (PH) can be difficult and challenging, so it’s no wonder that many people living with the disease also suffer from emotional issues such as depression and anxiety.
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If you feel you’re not coping well emotionally, it’s important you speak to your healthcare team. Suffering from depression will only make living with pulmonary hypertension more difficult. As the Pulmonary Hypertension Association explains, the effects of stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, poor diet, and other depression-related symptoms will only exacerbate your PH symptoms.
There are healthcare professionals who can treat your depression. They can offer counseling and suggest lifestyle changes that can make life with PH easier, and if necessary, your doctor can prescribe medication. Picking the right therapist is important, as therapists often practice different treatment methods so don’t be afraid to ask how they work so you can pick one that best suits you and your personality.
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