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I am a 42 year old male, and suffered a SCAD episode on July 17, 2020. Luckily, I recovered physically, but the emotional side is another story. The cardiologist told me that the mental part of the aftermath would be the most difficult, and he wasnt kidding. I have been drifting around completely void of any feelings or emotions. I wonder if it's because I emptied everything I had emotionally when I got home and saw my kids, but I certainly dont like this feeling
Anyone w. any tips on how to cope mentally w. the after effects?
AHAASAKatie, July 24, 2020 9:11am EST
Good morning, SCAD is a lot to deal with for sure. I want to commend you on coming to the Support Network, sharing your story and letting us be here to assist you. I believe as you read through other posts on the site, you might find that anxiety is one common thread that all survivors share. I can share a blog post that one of our users provided years ago "Jeff Breece – As FDR Said, “There Is Nothing To Fear Except Fear Itself."
Please know that we are here to listen and support you.
KarlR, July 24, 2020 3:01pm EST
Based on my personal experience, that type of feeling is temporary. (Temporary can be a relative term, so it may be around a lot longer than you'd prefer.)
In your position, I would try to find a short-term coping mechanism that makes the unemotional state less onerous. Trying to feel an emotion probably wouldn't be successful. (Though if I noticed that there was one particular emotion that I was still prone to feeling, I'd certainly make use of that.) For me, it would probably be easier to find something that makes me feel mentally engaged.
For example, a few weeks ago I went cycling on a poorly-developed path in my neighborhood. (This was my second or third bike ride after I'd sufficiently recovered from my heart attack.) While this path wasn't really physically challenging, it required a lot more skill than usual to bicycle along this rough, narrow, uneven bike path. I had to focus a lot more attention than usual on the task at hand. If I didn't focus, I was going to fall down.
There are other activities that I could also use, including aspects of my job, certain hobbies, etc., that tend to mentally engage me to a similar degree. For many of these activities, I lose track of time when I'm engaged in them. If there's anything that you like to do that matches that description, that's probably a good place to start.
Hang in there, and good luck.
fugie666, July 26, 2020 10:17am EST
Hi Bomber I had a Widow Maker heart attack on May14 luckly I survived. I have been lurking the forums and just wanted to say hi to everyone. Bomber the most important thing in did was to get back to work. I was only off for a week and I could not take it any more. Depression kicked in fast and I was just sitting on the couch crying like a scared little kid. The main thing is your alive man . Start going for walks its great for your mind Its time to care about yourself now to get out of this mental state your in .Depression is bad but it goes away.