Cardiac Psychiatry and the treatment of associated Depression and Anxiety

Research has shown that depression and anxiety have a negative impact on heart health. Depression and anxiety are often not recognized in patients with heart disease and they often go without treatment. Your prognosis and outcome after a heart attack will be greater if you are treated for depression or anxiety. Speaking with a mental health professional can be very helpful.

Research indicates the use of positive psychology (evidence based studies on resilience and what makes us thrive) methods looks very  promising for better heart health outcomes. Yes, you can actually improve your physical health and outcomes by improving your mental state. Positive Psychology Coaching will help you find more optimism and greater resilience in the face of cardiac disease.

The mind and the body are truly connected. I have a very holistic approach to psychiatry and use minimal medications if any. I use art to foster creativity, positive psychology exercises and mindfulness in my work as a physician and coach. Developing self compassion, gratitude, optimism and kindness can improve your health. Since I am a heart attack survivor myself, I know what you are going through and I can help. Discover ways to regain confidence, build resilience and deepen relationships. Make the changes in your life that you have always wanted to make by getting the support you need, through this difficult time. Please note: *Coaching is not psychotherapy. In coaching you are NOT entering into a doctor patient relationship. Coaching will provide you with an accountability partner to inspire and motivate you.

Go to the contact section below and send an email directly to Dr. Bates with any questions you may have or to set up a free 45 minute consultation appointment via phone. I'm looking forward to working with you!

*Short-term Psychotherapy services are available for women with Cardiac issues in Massachusetts and California where I am licensed. I am located in the Boston therefore California residents will need to be seen via video conferencing. 



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