The POTS Psychology Clinic

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a complex and typically chronic form of dysautonomia. The disorder affects the various functions of the autonomic nervous system, resulting in a broad range of symptoms such as palpitations, fatigue, nausea, and dizziness.

Whilst various lifestyle and medical treatments can be used to manage POTS, symptoms can often remain debilitating and unpredictable. The condition is often experienced as an ‘invisible illness’, and finding support can be challenging. Living with POTS can feel isolating and result in high levels of emotional distress, which can also exacerbate underlying physiological symptoms (1).

Evidence-based psychological interventions can assist with a range of concerns that often accompany POTS including:

  • Managing the emotional impact of the condition (such as depression, guilt, grief and health-related anxiety);
  • Improving treatment adherence to exercise and pharmacological interventions;
  • Managing mood changes associated with medications;
  • Improving self-management of symptoms and engagement in daily activities;
  • Improving communication with social support networks and treating teams; and
  • Management of comorbid conditions including chronic pain, fatigue, and gut issues. 

Avnee Lagad, Clinical Psychologist, provides psychological support for individuals through the POTS Psychology Clinic at HeadwayHealth Services. She works closely with GPs, specialists, and multidisciplinary teams to provide holistic care. Avnee can assist patients via telehealth wherever you live in Australia, and in person at North Sydney.

Avnee is part of the team of experienced psychologists at HeadwayHealth who provide services for health-related concerns, and general emotional and life concerns. To find out more about how we can support you, your patient, or your loved one, please reach out to us on (02) 9453 3027 or email info@headwayhealth.com.au.

For more information on POTS and the diagnostic process, please visit the Australian POTS Foundation, and speak to your GP or specialist team about the best care available for you.

Reference: Raj V, Opie M, Arnold AC. Cognitive and psychological issues in postural tachycardia syndrome. Auton Neurosci. 2018 Dec;215:46-55. doi: 10.1016/j.autneu.2018.03.004. Epub 2018 Mar 27. PMID: 29628432; PMCID: PMC6160364)