Patients’ Best Advice #8: Get Emotional Support for the Stress and Anxiety
THE TOP 10 LIST #8
Get emotional support for the stress and anxiety
and to keep up your spirits.
A-FIB PATIENTS’ BEST ADVICE
From Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, Chapter 12: Your Journey to a Cure. Advice from patients (and a spouse) now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillations:
Jay Teresi, Atlanta, GA, USA. cured after having A-Fib for over ten years:
“Of the entire experience, anxiety has been the greatest challenge. Don’t beat yourself up if you deal with this. Be honest with the doctors about it and get help. And help your family to understand as they are your greatest support system.” (pp. 98-100)
Kelly Teresi, wife of Jay Teresi, about coping with her husband’s A-Fib:
“This disease is so far beyond what a non-A-Fib person can comprehend—many times I found myself frustrated, not understanding what was going on with Jay’s thoughts and heart.
Jay’s A-Fib and the associated anxiety has left its imprint on our lives. I’m told that couple’s counseling can help when one spouse feels burdened with the patience, understanding and emotional support required on behalf of the other spouse.” (pp. 101-105)
Max Jussila, Shanghai, China, about the emotional impact of his A-Fib:
“I have never been mentally so incapable…even the simplest work-related problems seemed impossible for me to handle, let alone solve. I had become totally obnoxious towards my wife and colleagues.
I was only 52 years old…but mentally I was reduced to a six–year-old child with constant tantrums.” (pp. 92-97)
Joy Gray, Manchester, New Hampshire, encourages you find a support group:
“Realize that there are others who have been through this, find them, and use them as part of your support system.” (pp 132-137)
A-Fib Wreaks Havoc with Your Head as Well as Your Heart.
Anxiety, fear, worry, confusion, frustration and depression, and at times, anger. The psychological and emotional effects of A-Fib can be debilitating. Recent research indicates that “psychological distress” worsens the severity of A-Fib symptoms.
Don’t be ashamed to admit how A-Fib makes you feel (especially if you’re a guy). Your psyche is just as important as your physical heart. Just acknowledging you have some or all of these symptoms is a step in the right direction.
For a step-by-step guide, see our article: Seven Ways to Cope with Your A-Fib Fear and Anxiety.
Acknowledge the Stress and Anxiety.
Seek Emotional Support.
Learn more: Seven Ways to Cope with Your A-Fib Fear and Anxiety.
‘The Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice’ is a a consensus of valuable advice from fellow patients who are now free from the burden of Atrial Fibrillation. From Chapter 12, Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure by Steve S. Ryan, PhD (beatyoura-fib.com)
Next, look for #9 on the
Top 10 List of A-Fib Patients’ Best Advice
♥ Please, share the advice ♥