Not only can traumatic events cause you emotional turmoil but you will also find it interesting to know that there are various occasions that can cause an ache in your heart, it could be losing a loved one or being heartbroken.
The saying that the body and mind are one is very true. To put it simply, heartbreak syndrome (Takotsuba Cardiomyopathy) is a temporary heart condition that can be as a result of stressful situations or extreme emotions. It could be that you are awaiting the results of an interview and are in a state of anxiety, shock, nervousness or you are reliving a trauma that happened in the past.
These occasions can bring about the condition and yes. It could also happen when you get your heart broken.
The thing about heartbreak syndrome is that if it is left unmanaged, it could inevitably affect the mental state of an individual. It could lead to depression, anxiety, withdrawal, self harm and even suicidal thoughts.
The main symptom of heartbreak syndrome is shortness of breath and sudden or severe chest pains. This is what usually sends individuals to the hospital.
Causes of Heartbreak Syndrome
The exact cause is unclear but there are two ways in which the condition can come about. It can be caused by either a stressful physical or an emotional event.
Some emotional stressors include:
Surprise or shock
Intense fear (e.g public speaking, armed robbery, car accident)
Some physical conditions include:
Low blood sugar
Underlying medical conditions
3 ways to cope with heartbreak syndrome
Losing someone dear to you or going through a traumatic event is hard. We at Empathyspace are focused on the mental wellbeing of our clients and we will be looking at things from that perspective. Here are 3 ways you can cope with heartbreak syndrome:
Take your time to grieve
Your feelings are validated and you do not need to rush the process. Do what is best for you and take your time. Talk to someone about your feelings. Do noy=t bottle iit in. Take your time to grieve and come to terms with what has happened. It can be very hard but we got you.
Take care of yourself
It is now clear that whatever you do to your body will definitely affect your mental state. Eat properly, take time off, surround yourself with people who care about you. Just do you and take care of yourself. The healing process starts with you.
See a professional
This is the best way to manage heartbreak syndrome. Because the condition is not common in this part of the world, it may not be properly diagnosed. The main reason why people choose to go to the hospital is because of the chest pains or difficulty breathing,
However, this condition needs to be properly managed by both a physical doctor and a mental health specialist.
Book a session with us today and let us tackle those difficult feelings. We also make the necessary referrals so you are in safe hands. We care.