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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Dealing with Depression

Depression is common in people who are treated with cancer. If depression is affecting you. You need to seek help. Not every one who has cancer automatically experiences depression. but being treated for cancer is often associated with high levels of emotional distress.

Its not unusual to experience temporary feelings of sadness or depression as you try to adjust to the many changes your illness is causing. These feelings are so common that they usually do not require intensive counselling. However depression can effect you like a downward spiral. Being trapped in the depths of despair can happen at any time during your treatment. Be aware of this possibility, and know there are ways to overcoming it.

Here are some of the common warning signs of depressions.

  • Loss of Appetite 
  • Inability to Sleep
  • Inability to Communicate
  • Difficult paying attention
  • Prolonged feelings of sadness, grief and hopelessness
  • Apathy
  • Wide mood swings ranging from elation to despair
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Thoughts of Suicide.
When and how to Seek help.
          Reach out for professional help if you have been consistently experiencing any of these symptoms for a two-week period. Seek Professional help immediately if you are having thoughts of suicide.

       Getting help for depression is like getting help for a physical illness. seeking assistance is nothing to embarrassed about. Sometimes depression can be a side effect from a medication you are already taking. or can be caused by chemical imbalances in your body due to the cancer. Seek help from a professional counselling.

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