Talk to your healthcare team about any psychological problems you might have.
They can help to get you the right mental health services. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness — it is a sign of courage!
You might want to ask for psychological help in the following situations:
- You have trouble dealing with your condition of coronary artery disease, your treatments, your limits and your grief or sadness.
- You find it hard to do what your healthcare team has told you (e.g., to take your medication as prescribed, to change your lifestyle).
- You are afraid of dying and that is damaging your quality of life, making it hard to do the normal things you did before.
- You feel depressed and anxious most days.
- You feel too much stress.
- You aren’t sleeping well.
- You are drinking too much alcohol or taking too many drugs.
- You can’t control your anger.
Visit the Canadian Psychological Association at cpa.ca or your provincial psychological association to find a psychologist in your province.