Lyndhurst, NJ (January 26, 2009) Can depression break your heart? A broken heart may be hard to mend, but studies show depression can take a real toll on your cardiovascular health. Over the past two decades, research has shown that people who are depressed are at greater risk for developing heart disease than people who aren't, and conversely, people with heart disease are more likely to be depressed.
February is American Heart Month and Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (CBHCare) invites you to take advantage of free, anonymous online mental health self-assessments. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be depressed visit https://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/login.asp?keyword=COMPREHENSIVE to take a simple online test. You will receive immediate, customized feedback as well as the opportunity to schedule an appointment for further evaluation if necessary.
Some facts about depression and heart disease:
Depression is the estimated leading cause of disability worldwide, and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States
While about one in six people have an episode of major depression, the number goes to one in two for people with heart disease.
Depression may make it harder to take the medications needed and to carry out the treatment for heart disease.
Most heart patients are not treated for depression
Depression may also result in chronically elevated levels of stress hormones, which can have a harmful effect on the heart.
Don't let depression break your heart. Love yourself and the people you care about by identifying the problem before it becomes serious.
Founded in 1969 in response to the critical need for counseling services in the community, CBHCare is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest quality of behavioral healthcare services to the people of New Jersey. Over the past 40 years, CBHCare has expanded its services to all ages - from children to seniors.
With treatment centers in Lyndhurst, Hackensack and River Edge, CBHCare offers quality mental health services including individual and family counseling; rehabilitation; alcohol and substance abuse treatment; the Valley Brook Center for Geriatric Partial Care; residential, and preventive services - making CBHCare one of the most vital and important healthcare resources in northern New Jersey.
Can depression break your heart? A broken heart may be hard to mend, but studies show depression can take a real toll on your cardiovascular health.
Monday, January 26, 2009