• Have you been had or been offered counseling during or after your diagnosis and treatment?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Monday, October 14, 2019

    Have you been had or been offered counseling during or after your diagnosis and treatment?

    OCT 10th was World Mental Health Day, studies show that cancer survivors are 4X more likely to commit suicide than the general population. So, as a general rule it would stand to reason that we as a group should be offered help, therapy, and should be looked after a little closer. Here is an article about it, click this link>> http://bit.ly/2OLZNS2

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    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I had counseling when I needed someone to listen to me. In my story, my son had fallen from a tree and was in bad shape. Then just two months later, I get the diagnosis of breast cancer. My life was crazy but it was good to have someone to talk to about what was going on.
      My hospital has a couple of counselors just for cancer patients to talk to. And they don't charge for this service. Which is very nice.

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I have read several studies that say we cancer patients sometimes have PTSD. It's an issue that the doctors, clinics, hospitals, all should be watching out for.

      about 1 month ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar
      Paperpusher

      Counselors were offered to hubby and me during and after his treatment. Hubby spoke with her once during treatment and I stopped to see her once. I have been seeing someone outside the hospital since his treatment ended and she's helped me so much.

      about 1 month ago
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      Yes, definitely. I read a study (don't have citation) that as many as 80% of those diagnosed with cancer will develop some degree of PTSD. As Greg said, doctors, nurses etc...need to get up to speed on this. I was pushed to seek help after the end of treatnent. I started seeing a mental health counselor once a week at first, then went to every other week and am now trying to-do every third week. Sometimes that three weeks seems an eternity. But having someone totally outside the situation to talk to is like grabbing onto a lifesaver.

      about 1 month ago

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