When to ask for psychological help

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.
Related information

Visit the Canadian Psychological Association at cpa.ca or your provincial psychological association to find a psychologist in your province.

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