• I've been fighting off some mental issues, I think it's depression, but I've never had this before

    Asked by aeasghMX on Sunday, September 1, 2019

    I've been fighting off some mental issues, I think it's depression, but I've never had this before

    I just feel sad, mad, scared I'm going to die from it, etc. I don't know if this is just a normal part of cancer or if I have full blown depression. I don't care for therapists I am wanting to know how do I pull myself out of this without going to councelors/therapists?

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    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      Reading all of the above it seems we all shared being hesitant to seek additional help when it came to our mental stability . I too thought nothing was wrong with me emotionally collapsing after hearing I had cancer and possibly two years to live . I was in a deep slump, “ who wouldn’t be?” I told myself. My gp at the time recommended a mild anti depressant. I refused at first , but then I relented . The difference in my attitude was very surprising. I became more determined, tears dried up and optimism returned. You have recognized you have a problem, I was in denial. Whatever choice you make in coping, therapist, support group, medication, or other it is important that you take care of your mental health so you are better able to handle the challenge that is cancer moving forward. Wishing you better days ahead mentally and physically.

      10 months ago
    • Lmorales' Avatar

      I too benefitted from seeing a therapist. During my treatment, I was too overwhelmed and sick to see someone (at least in my mind). After I finished treatment, I finally sought out someone who treated patient’s with breast cancer. She herself had had breast cancer. She always quietly asked questions or made statements that made me think. The biggest thing she did was remind me that I had been through a tremendous battle, and I needed to rest and take care of me - physically and mentally. I highly recommend going to someone. And today’s antidepressants help lift the darkness and as Lynne-I-am stated, they help you gain back the optimism that you need to feel better and/or continue the fight. It is a battle so arm yourself with the tools you need to fight well. I am also a woman of faith and my greatest power has come from a God who never left my side and held me in this weird bubble of peace (Philippians 4:6-7). I highly recommend spending some quiet time with Him as well. Be blessed!

      10 months ago
    • KB2013's Avatar

      My first thoughts are 1) this is a normal response to a cancer diagnosis and 2) first stop in search of relief would be a cancer support group.

      10 months ago

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