Heart Attack PTSD Depression

When one suffers from a heart attack and thankfully survives there is a mental health fallout especially when it comes to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) and depression.  In this article we are going to explore the ramifications that comes following a heart attack.

My Heart Attack Story

Unfortunately this is an all to recent story but thankfully I was able to survive.  In late January of 2018 I was working on one of my websites when I noticed a strong painful feeling in my right shoulder.  What I was told afterwards is that I somehow made it to my local emergency room and soon after collapsed on the hospital floor.  Through the use of chest compression and three electrical shocks they were able to restart my heart.  I was place on a respirator and woke up about twenty four hours later.  I have no memory between feeling the pain and waking up.  Needless to say this is doing a number on my brain

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Heart Attack And Depression

I went to see my doctor a few days after I was released from the hospital and she warned my mother that people who suffer from a heart attack are at a strong risk of both depression and suicide.  Now at first this did not make sense to my brain at the time for I was just grateful to still be breathing however that slowly began to change.  I have dealt with depression and suicidal ideation for the majority of my life so it is nothing new.

Then the new form of depression began.  There is this weird feeling when you are brought back from the dead where nothing seems real for a while.  Then this cloud begins to appear and I think it has something that the whole heart stopping thing was not as scary as one would think then there is the other side of the coin

I have a young son who definitely needs his father for a long time to come, a sister who needs her brother and a mother who needs her son.  I am in my early forties and years away from accomplishing what I want to accomplish so there is the fear of not being able to do so.

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Heart Attack And Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The obvious here is that you are worried that every little twinge of pain means the beginning of another heart attack.  To put it bluntly this sucks.  Through the process of having my heart restarted, the various iv’s placed into my arms and the two stents that were put in my heart via my groin I am covered in bruises.  Not little tiny things but massive bruising that covers my upper left leg and both of the insides of my arms.  Needless to say they do not feel very good and every little twinge sends my brain into panic

I am sure it will lessen as more time passes and I continue to feel better and better.  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is never fun but thankfully, I just thanked one of my diagnosis, I have been dealing with it for decades.  One of the keys for treatment for PTSD is recognizing what is real and what is not.  Basically when a twinge of pain appears my brain immediately goes after the source and thankfully that goes a long way

Heart Attack Post Traumatic Stress Disorder And Depression

Well there is my heart attack story and I hope that I have to never write another one.  Dealing with mental health following a major event tends to happen more often than not.  Recognizing what your brain is going through is a major step and making sure you keep control of your mental health facilities before they have a chance to spin out of control

Heart Attack Depression Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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2 thoughts on “Heart Attack PTSD Depression

  1. Wow, what an incredible life or death story. I’m so sorry for what you went through, but what a way to make lemonade out of lemons.

    It makes sense that PTSD would be a concern for such a traumatic event. I am a hypochondriac and already become alarmed at every little twinge of pain. I can’t imagine if one of those twinges resulted in the experience you had.

    I truly appreciate people like you who take such an experience and use it to help others. I will definitely keep this in mind for those family members I know who have been through this. Thanks!

    1. Most of my anxiety has always been health related so I tend to second guess every twinge of pain that occurs in my body.  The experience a few weeks ago was definiately not pleasant and I am just grateful to have made it through it on the living side.  Thanks for commenting

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