Psychology

 

Living with congenital heart disease is physically and psychologically difficult.  One in three people with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) experience anxiety or depression.  

 

We understand the effects of living with CHD and want to support you as best as possible.  The specialist nurses in SACCS have been trained by psychologists to talk about your emotional wellbeing.  We do this by talking with you and letting you tell your story.  We also ask you to complete a PHQ-4 questionnaire when you attend clinic to help us find people who might need more emotional support.  

 

We all go through spells of worrying or feeling down, but when you are depressed or have anxiety you feel this way persistently for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.  It is important to seek help from your GP if you think you may be depressed or have anxiety.  With the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.

 

More information on anxiety, depression or other common psychological problems is available at:

 

http://breathingspace.scot/

http://wellbeing-glasgow.org.uk/

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