• Depression and anxiety ..

    Asked by Susannj43 on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    Depression and anxiety ..

    Is it normal to have little to no interest in things with a Cancer diagnosis or from side effects from medications for Cancer..I have suffered from depression and anxiety thru out my life,,self esteem issues..etc..and do think of death often..just can't seem to help myself.. I can't seem to think for myself,,always asking for advice from others from psychics to family..I probably need an anti depressant..I am having trouble getting moving during the day..not sure if anyone can relate..I have been told its normal to need help with a life threatening illness..

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    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Almost anyone going through cancer treatment can expect some depression or anxiety. I'm sure that gets worse for someone who's suffered before a cancer diagnosis. I didn't have issues before diagnosis, but I've had a prescription for Ativan pretty much since the beginning of treatment. I didn't take it often during treatment, but it was comforting to know it was available if I needed it. Hope things get better for you.

      over 3 years ago
    • rwhdesmoines' Avatar
      rwhdesmoines

      I know that depression and anxiety with cancer are very common. Many women with breast cancer find help from antidepressant meds. If you think that they would help you be sure and ask one of your doctors for a prescription. Some oncologists will prescribe them and other oncologists will want you to get them from a primary care dr or a psychiatrist. For me I have gotten the best results just taking anti anxiety meds when I need them. Have you thought about finding a mental health counselor to talk to regularly? A mental health counselor has been very helpful to me. I also have trouble getting myself moving during the day at times since I started cancer treatment. One thing that helps me is to set small goals for things I want to accomplish. That way I break up what I need to do in more manageable sized tasks and feel a sense of accomplishment with each task I complete. I hope that you can find the best ways to start helping yourself feel better soon.

      over 3 years ago
    • Phoenix76's Avatar
      Phoenix76

      Yes, I can relate! I'm out of treatment, but the effects of chemo + radiation are lingering. I wasn't prepared for the roller-coaster of emotions after diagnosis, and again after treatment ended. I was in therapy during treatment, and it helped. I plan to re-start therapy as soon as I'm gainfully employed (I was laid off during treatment - "g-r-r-r-r"!). Most of the time, I have an apathetic attitude to even things that I enjoy - "What's the point?" - which is uncharacteristic of me. Right now, I'm just taking one day at a time. I've thought of death, too - and then I get anxious because I feel that time is slipping away. But then, the brighter part of me encourages me to "hang in there", and to be hopeful that things will change for the better. And, I'm stubborn - I don't accept 'giving up'. I think of others who overcame adversity, and that gives me hope.

      As difficult as it may be, please reach out to your doctors/nurses - an anti-depressant may help while you're trying to sort things out. Your community may also have programs to support cancer patients/survivors/warriors. I would suggest a move towards independence - of not always turning to others for advice - but to be still and listen to that small, quiet voice within. YOU are the sovereign of your life; you are the captain of the ship. Taking control/responsibility - even as you make mistakes along the way (we all do!) - you will learn what truly makes you happy.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ellie59's Avatar
      Ellie59

      Oh my yes of course sweetie!! Consider antidepressants! There are some that address anxiety as well. If it doesn't then as needed anxiety medication can be helpful in addition to anti depressants. You don't need or deserve to suffer with these issues. Quality of life is so important. I take two medications for similar issues which have dramatically improved my life!

      Talk therapy can be very helpful. Your Doc may know of one who has experience working with cancer patients

      Take good care of yourself
      In Support
      Ellie

      over 3 years ago
    • Beach1040's Avatar
      Beach1040

      Antidepressants work for me too! And, as an added bonus, it control hot flashes too!

      over 3 years ago
    • Gumpus61's Avatar
      Gumpus61

      Oh My.....yes of course sweetie ! the double whammy for my wife was a desperate battle with cancer that cost her career and with it her sense of self.....Keep talking it out and follow the great advice your getting here.....by the way, No evidence of disease and her job back saw all my wife's symptoms of depression disappear........getting as well as you can is it's own reward !!

      over 3 years ago
    • keahemalie's Avatar
      keahemalie

      Another big YES from me! I also had a history of depression and anxiety prior to my cancer diagnosis. I did feel supported while actively in treatment. The nurses, social worker, local support agencies, my friends were great listeners and I saw them practically every day. But now that I'm on a "treatment break", I feel very lonely. Some days it's hard to do most anything and I start thinking too much. That's when it's time to reach out to others, do manageable tasks, be in nature, and do any of the things I know will "ground" me. You've gotten some good advice (talking to your doc, asking about medications, etc). Just know you're not alone with this...you're human. And this too will pass.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I suffered with depression after finishing treatment and more so when I was on the AI's. I tried anti-depressants but eventually gave up on them.

      Talk to your pcp and see what he/she recommends...All the best to you

      over 3 years ago
    • 3tykes' Avatar
      3tykes

      Yes from me also....since being diagnosed i too have been in and out of depression....that feeling of why me seems to come to mind quite often. Hang in and all the best!

      over 3 years ago

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