• Did you experience any mood changes or depression?

    Asked by leannemas on Friday, March 1, 2013

    Did you experience any mood changes or depression?

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Yes and yes. It's difficult dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Taking part of a cancer support group helps. And there are anti depressants available through your medical provider, it's ok to rely on something like that during this time.

      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Leannemas, Chemo and other cancer treatments can and oftren do mess with seretonin levels in the brain which is what causes depression. There are meds that can help restore those levels and they work (but they often take a couple of weeks to reach full effect). Depression is not your fault it is chemical. Most cancer Drs are not well trained to recognise this so you may have to ask about this to get treatment. I know all of this first hand. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      When I was diagnosed, I felt myself being removed from my world as it was -- I entered a dark place -- the twilight zone of the cancer world. I felt so alone -- my family and friends were just outside with love and support but it was me who had cancer and not them -- I cried many tears in the quiet of the night. But, as I heard more survival stories, I was able to find strength and put on a positive attitude and go to battle. Of course, there were still the moods and bouts of depression but it got better. I found that positive attitude is the key -- it is not always easy but worth every bit of effort. I find that when I get tired - my mood changes and I get weepy. So -- my solution has been to get a good night's sleep and stay rested -- maintain hope and stay positive about everything in my life -- and most of all -- to have faith. It is through the power of prayer that the Good Lord brought me through that dark storm. I wish you the best.

      over 3 years ago
    • ratbpk's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with a rare form of Thyroid Cancer and needed a complete Thyroidectomy. What helped me endure was my spiritual sustainence within me. Without my faith and belief in the holy spirit that indwells within me, I do not know how I would have endured it all. I had two surgeries within 8 weeeks of each other and just completed an inpatient treatment of ioodine radiation therapy, my 7 day confinement period is over today. My mood swings are horrible, but I flow with the tears and then let it go. I started thyroid meds and have been on them about a week now, praying I will get back to my new normal. I have a window of 6 months to have a full body scan done. I am using this time to get back to myself. Having a supportive spouse, family and friends who encourage the positive keeps me moving forward. I wish you peace and hope on your cancer journey.

      over 3 years ago
    • rosemarie's Avatar

      I am doing some helpful videos on self help healing and Wendi.com has some wonderful sessions based on hypnotism that are supportive. At the moment my depression is with the medical community and our country and world which seems to have lost the true care and healing they are supposed to give in the greed of money, insurance, war, jobs etc.. etc... I lived in Africa where there is little health care as we know it... but where priorities of family, nature, care for one another are not impeded by a system we have created that lacks it.

      over 3 years ago
    • emsavard's Avatar

      When being diagnosed with any cancer your life is changed forever. So yes there can be mood changes and depression. With thyroid cancer not only does the fact of cancer play a factor, the removal of the thyroid gland that provides the hormones that help the body's moods and depression plays a great big factor. So talk to your doctor. It is normal protocol to keep new thyroid cancer patients' levels suppressed. You may have to do slight adjustments to the dosage. By the way, I do not know what stage of treatment you are at, but if you were off your meds for awhile, it takes the body some time to readjust once you start back on them. All the best.

      over 3 years ago
    • spunky's Avatar

      Yes! And Yes! I hated it. I have a sister who is psych nurse and she said she was ready to "intervene" if it lasted too long. Mine was related to my thyroid surgery and Synthroid levels. It eventually leveled out. But I have also leukemia and have had weeks of depression with that diagnosis. It all leveled out for me. But if it does not for you, please talk to your Doctor.

      over 3 years ago
    • tamp3265's Avatar

      IN the beginning there is the usual fear, but after the surgery and radiation treatment I was back to "normal" My issues now are physical. I am getting back to my normal routine of exercise. I suffer from extremely dry throat that is causing me not to sleep well. I wake up in the middle of the night because I need to get something to drink

      over 3 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      Part of the issue with thyroid removal is that it is difficult to get the endocrine system in balance. If it is out of balance (if your thyroid replacement is not correct) you will feel depressed, tired, out of balance and I lose my sense of smell. Your adrenal glands will try to boost your thyroid by sending out adrenalin so you get anxiety. It becomes a bad cycle. As a thyroid cancer patient you need to have a higher level of thyroid to prevent this cycle. I really hope this helps, Tracy

      over 3 years ago

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