• how to deal with depression?

    Asked by sarahgrossman on Saturday, March 17, 2012

    how to deal with depression?

    My dad has been very depressed since his surgery (maybe even a little before but the signs are much worse now). His doctor put him on an anti-depressent but it was prescribed due to him not sleeping and having a lack of appitite. My dad is very against anti-depressents and hasn't seen a therapist or anything. I'm not sure how to approach this again with my dad and his doctors, any advice or suggestions?

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    • abrub's Avatar

      Any cancer support groups nearby? Your dad would benefit from knowing that he's not alone in feeling depressed, and in learning what others have done to help get through it.

      If no physical support groups, check out the online cancer support forums (Cancer Survivors Network of American Cancer Society, for example, or FB support groups.) Any of these can help your dad realize that he's not alone.

      over 8 years ago
    • danellsar's Avatar

      My husband was also very against antidepressants... that is until his diagnosis sent him into a deep depression. What changed things was his doctor telling him that if he wanted to fight this, he had to be able to fight. So he took the meds and went to a therapist. It's helped some, not 100%, but it does help.

      over 8 years ago
    • Stevedarke's Avatar

      I was given antidepressants but thew them in the bin, give me any emotion except nothingness. As abrub has said talking with others can be of great help, but for me it was finding an outlet, in my case it was writing. One thing we all crave when illness strikes is to take back some control from the totally alien situation we find ourselves in. The only way for me to cope was to learn all about my illness, expect the worst but always hope for the best. Without hope I had nothing to shine into the face of adversity while I walked my precarious road. I don't know if my cancer will return but I am ready should it once again dare to rear it's ugly head.


      over 8 years ago
    • Bashiemn's Avatar

      I think it would be good to make sure your dad is surrounded by people who care about him. If he's not willing to take anti depressants and isn't interested in a support group, it would maybe be a good idea to arrange to make sure that there is a continuous support group of friends and family to stop by and visit him, even if it's for short periods of time.

      I know when I have my depression times, it helps to just be around people... Even when I say I don't want to be around people.

      over 8 years ago

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