Know that your condition is treatable and manageable. Be confident in your treatment plan by discussing it with your doctor and any trusted friends or family members you may have.
It was early morning on June 13th when my 26 year old son, Mark, woke up with severe chest pain and difficulty breathing and called me and told me he was on his way to the ER. Mark returned to WBH EC on the evening of June 26th after a syncopal episode at his employment late that morning followed by a visit to an Urgent care who advised him to proceed to the EC with a possible DVT. Additionally, having a letter placed on Mark’s bedside table after his admission to 9N stating he was being treating as an outpatient was certainly not expected, as he was being treated as an admitted patient to WBH with a Heparin IV drip and Dilaudid IV push for pain for the diagnosis of an extremely large DVT and 2 PE’s.
The anxiety, fear and depression that can be quite common after a blood clot can be attributed to many factors including, but not limited to the fact that a patient survived a life-threatening event, limited mobility and daily function, the lifestyle impact of being placed on a long-term blood thinner, decrease in quality of life, and fear of a clot returning (which can happen).

Shives, sought help at William Beaumont Hospital’s Emergency Center in Royal Oak when he woke up gasping for air accompanied with severe chest pain on the morning of June 13, 2014.
I have conversed with other families, recently, who are in your position – the pain is real, raw and I know how deeply you love your son based on what you have shared here. Even if you do not think your primary physician will understand your concerns about depression, still inform him or her about your feelings. You have been though a lot and your body and mind have been faced with a catastrophic incident. Dealing with depression after a blood clot is not uncommon, yet, it is uncommonly talked about.

I finally got my act together and went to see a psych and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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