Is there a correlation between heart disease and depression?

Heart disease and depression are common conditions and both can significantly affect your quality of life. However, studies have shown that these two conditions often occur simultaneously in the same individual.

Heart Disease and Depression: What’s the connection?

A percentage of people with no history of depression develop depression after being diagnosed with heart disease or heart failure. On the other hand, depressed people with no history of heart disease may seem to develop a heart condition at a higher rate compared to the general population. 

When a heart attack can lead to depression

A heart attack or a heart failure diagnosis can have other effects on the person aside from the heart itself. It can cause:

  • A change in attitude or mood
  • Mixed feelings (mostly uncertainty) about the future
  • Reduced confidence in one’s role in the family and workplace
  • Self-doubt as a result of limited physical abilities

All these factors can play a role in the development of depression. 

Emotional stress as a factor in coronary artery disease

Both emotional stress and depression were recently considered as risk factors for coronary artery disease. There are certain lifestyle factors among some depressed individuals that can lead to heart disease. These include being sedentary, smoking, poor eating habits, and excessive alcohol consumption.

If you’re recovering from heart disease and experiencing debilitating emotions and thoughts, it’s important to include psychological help as part of your recovery plan. And if you’re suffering from depression, it’s important to seek help to prevent health complications like heart disease. 

NeurOasis offers TMS therapy, a noninvasive procedure that can help patients with anxiety and depressive disorders. For more information, you can contact us at (520) 338-2557.

 

References:

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/news/2017/heart-disease-and-depression-two-way-relationship

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/heart_vascular_institute/clinical_services/centers_excellence/womens_cardiovascular_health_center/patient_information/health_topics/depression_heart_disease.html

https://uihc.org/health-topics/understanding-link-between-depression-and-heart-disease

What to do about summer depression?

Many of us associate summer with fun – the easy-livin’ vibe, being out with family and friends, and the next unforgettable vacation. What’s not to love about this season? 

While many of us see summer this way, there are those who struggle this time of the year. Some people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can be sick of it. It’s harder for these people to deal with it as other people expect them to feel good and have fun during this time.

SAD During Summer

SAD is very common during the winter. But for the 5 percent of American adults, SAD can strike during the summer season.

There are several reasons why people experience summer depression:

  • The heat
    Some people dislike the heat and humidity associated with the season. So, they end up spending most days in their air-conditioned room, watching TV all day, and missing out on several outdoor social events. Any of these can add to feelings of isolation.
  • Disrupted schedules
    Routine is vital for people with depression. It’s one way to stave off their symptoms. However, during summer this routine can easily get out of the window and that can be extremely stressful. It can disrupt sleep, eating habits, and work – all of which can contribute to summer SAD.
  • Financial worries
    Summer is often associated with vacations and camps. If you’re a parent, setting aside money for these things can be a cause of great stress.
  • Body image issues
    Some people’s case of summer SAD has something to do with body image issues. With gatherings centered around beaches and pools, those who feel conscious about their bodies may end up avoiding social situations to keep themselves from feeling embarrassed.

What can you do if you have summer SAD?

There are several ways to cope with summer depression:

  • Get professional help
    In many cases, talking to a therapist can help. Don’t wait until things get worse before you seek help.
  • Find ways to stay active
    Keeping up with your exercise can help keep depression at bay. If you are uncomfortable doing it in the morning because of the heat, then try doing it at night.
  • Don’t beat yourself up
    A common reason why some people feel depressed during summer is that they feel they have to feel a certain way or do certain things this season. Stop feeling how you feel in comparison to others. 

If doing these things doesn’t help your summer SAD, know that there is an alternative to it. NeurOasis offers a noninvasive way to manage depression and anxiety disorders. Call us at (520) 338-2557 to find out more about it.

 

References:

https://www.webmd.com/depression/summer-depression#1

https://www.healthline.com/health/summer-SAD-is-all-too-real

TMS Therapy: Is it safe?

You probably have read about the benefits of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS especially on mood disorders like depression and anxiety. You may be considering treatment, but curious if it’s really safe.

Understanding TMS

TMS is a non-invasive procedure. Many patients who did not have success in the conventional treatment plan for their depression or anxiety were able to experience relief from TMS therapy.

During TMS therapy, you’ll be seated the whole time. You’ll also be fully awake and be able to talk to the doctor during the entire duration of the therapy.

If it’s your first session, the doctor usually conducts a test to determine your motor threshold. This will determine the level of magnetic field that will be used for your treatment.

As mentioned above, this is a non-invasive procedure. The doctor will just place an electromagnetic coil against your forehead. This coil is the medium through which the magnetic pulses will be delivered to the targeted part of the brain.

Each TMS therapy session usually lasts for about 35 minutes.

Is it Safe?

TMS therapy is safe. It’s FDA-cleared and an effective non-drug therapy for mood disorders, stroke, pain, and even for autism spectrum disorder.

Unlike conventional treatments like drugs, TMS is not associated with undesirable side effects. Some patients though experience moderate discomfort or pain a week after the treatment. However, this side effect is just temporary.

You can schedule an appointment with us to find out if TMS is right for you.