• late onset depression and anxiety

    Asked by kmksk on Sunday, November 27, 2011

    late onset depression and anxiety

    I was diagnosed 08/2011, had surgery, past mid-point of chemo, am doing well according to docs etc... all good news. I was feeling as ok as I could, great suppport system, loving live-n bf, yet last 2weeks or so can't stop crying, feeling anxious. I am just wondering if anyone experienced a "delayed" depression. I am seeing dr in 2 days to get help-very sad all the time.

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    • lisaepstein's Avatar
      lisaepstein

      Even though my cancer was caught so early and I am fine I am sooo depressed. That would Cancer stays on my mine all day.

      over 6 years ago
    • SunnyDay's Avatar
      SunnyDay

      I hope everything you tried has worked for you. I was so depressed with my diagnosis of vulvar cancer that I refused to make the surgery appointment and just thought I would die right away. But my daughter who had gone with me told me the Dr. Had said it would be a long painful road if I didn't have surgery so I called the nurse and scheduled the surgery. I also had gone to my Gyno Dr. She referred me to crisis hotline and a social worker came to see me and suggested I see a shrink. I went to a local church that was having a group on grieving. Following the book "Good Greif" I read the book and realized my issue was Greif not depression. The book has helped so much. It is very short I recommend to everyone it explains the ten steps of Greif and how to process them. Every emotion I was having was natural (and this too shall pass) since I read the book I no longer want to die right away. I will let go and let God. And have this Blog for understanding and support.

      over 6 years ago
    • Jeana1975's Avatar
      Jeana1975

      I have noticed more and more depression seeping into my concrete resolve like a jack hammer. It doesn't help that my perception of others has changed so drastically, and I notice I am more sensitive to attitudes and moods. I've always been keen to these things, but it's worse now...my Dad gets really short tempered and mean toward me and I don't understand why. This mistreatment from my only surviving parent (Mom died of cancer 2 years ago April) is disheartening and stressful. No, it's downright heartbreaking. In some aspects he's supportive, but most of the time it's all about him and God forbid I need him or need to talk about the major changes my body just underwent during surgery. I wish my Mom were alive, because she'd understand and she'd know what to say. I feel like I'm so alone in mourning the loss of my reproductive system at my age. I've never had children, and I never will. I'm sure my Dad is afraid, because I'm all he has left, but why take those feelings out on me, as if I don't have enough to deal with already? There are days I just want to give up, I get so overwhelmed with sorrow and hopelessness. It's like a huge void that I don't know how to fill. I keep telling myself that things will be better once I get back to work. For now, I'm forcing myself to observe my crafts...because they're like therapy for me. I really thought I'd be able to hold it together longer than this, but I suppose this is natural and I shouldn't think I'm going crazy...or should I?

      over 6 years ago

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