It’s not at all unusual for heart attack and stroke survivors to feel angry, agitated, scared or blue. Feeling forced to make lifestyle changes in their daily life is often hard and takes some time from which to adjust. However, as a family caregiver, it is important to recognize when the blues turn into clinical depression.

Clinical depression is best distinguished from situational depression by the length and severity of a person’s feelings. If clinical depression is suspected, it is important to notify a physician for assistance. Below are some indicators to help you recognize clinical depression:

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness: A bleak outlook – feeling that nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
  • Loss of interest in daily activities: No interest in or ability to enjoy former hobbies, pastimes, or social activities.
  • Appetite or weight changes: Significant weight loss or weight gain.
  • Sleep changes: Either insomnia, especially waking in the early morning hours, or oversleeping.
  • Feeling “keyed up” and restless or feeling sluggish and physically slowed down.
  • Self loathing: Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. Harsh criticism of perceived faults and mistakes.
  • Trouble focusing, making decisions or remembering things.

Live Free Home Health Care caregivers recognize when someone is suffering from clinical depression and can notify family members of worrisome symptoms. Providing home care services in Concord, New Hampshire, the rest of the Lakes region and central New Hampshire, Live Free Home Health Care provides specialized care for those who have suffered from a heart attack or stroke including nutritious meals, medication reminders, light housekeeping and companionship. Contact Live Free Home Healthcare at 603-217-0149 for more information.