• Since my cancer, several years ago. I have suffered with severe bouts of anxiety and depression. I am on medication for this.

    Asked by Darlasurvived on Monday, November 26, 2012

    Since my cancer, several years ago. I have suffered with severe bouts of anxiety and depression. I am on medication for this.

    Just wondered if anyone else has experienced this. Even years down the road. Or am I just silly about this?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Great question, as a matter of fact this subject has been talked about today. Look at this thread for now, someone will answer this question soon too.

      Thanks for being here and posting.

      almost 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Silly about what? Depression and anxiety are certainly not silly and many people have been in treatment for depression and/or anxiety for much of their lives. Whether it was or still is a direct result of having had cancer is probably immaterial at this point.

      almost 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      no you aren't silly about this.....I still suffer from depression and anxiety and I'm 6 1/2 years old from my BC diagnosis....I know other life events have also contributed to this as well for me....

      almost 8 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      You are not alone at all. I read a page from the National Cancer Institute that said up to 1 out of every 4 cancer patients experience depression. As a caregiver, I also experienced a major depression between my dad's cancers. There is no way I could control it, in the same way no one can help it when they get a cold. It's not silly at all.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Depression in cancera patients is actually quite common. I turns out that one of the side effects of chemo is depression. The chemo effects seretonin in the brain and this is the cause of depression. The godnnews is that depresion ca n esily be treated with medication. The bad news is that often seretonin will not return to normal and medication will be required for the rest of your life, I know all of this first hand and have been onmeds for almost 8 years. Good luck!!!!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Wow. There is nothing silly about anxiety and depression. I think it can be the most painful part of the cancer journey. Like you, I suffered from severe bouts of anxiety and depression and I am on medication. It has been four years since the end of cancer treatment and the beginning of my depression. The medication has been really effective and I have felt fine for quite a long time. Will I ever stop meds? I don't know. It is such a relief to have the anxiety and depression under control! Have I had to try new ones? Yes. There was a time when the meds I was on stopped working for me. Hang in there.

      almost 8 years ago
    • sunshinemb's Avatar

      You are not silly and this is a very serious condition that takes over your life with a cancer diagnosis that is uncurable. I find the holidays to be especially difficult and have been dealing with major depression and anxiety for 3 years now of my treatments. Will it ever go away; NO; unless the cancer does and that will never happen in my case. I pray to God for strength everyday to make it just one more. You are never alone...!

      almost 8 years ago
    • vet613's Avatar

      By no means are you silly! Your question reflects the feelings (if people are honest) of most, if not all, cancer patients. To make it, in my opinion, worse is the fact that most advice on this matter often comes from a person or persons who have not personally experienced the disease. One can argue that a caregiver also experiences the disease, however, I believe a caregivers experience is not the "same." What is worse the answers statements such as "everyone dies at some point", "no one is getting out of this alive", etc. do not serve to alleviate your concern. I know they have not alleviated MY concern. Platitudes are best left for philosophical discussions and church pulpits and not when a cancer patient or survivor expresses concerns about recurrence of the disease that robs a person of so much.

      I will tell you that I share your issues and life seems to divide itself into "Good" and "bad" days. In my opinion your feelings are VERY normal and I advise you to seek the help that some medicines provide even if the relief is only temporary. Objectivity is sometimes difficult for a person affected by cancer, ANY type of cancer, to maintain. As the old saying goes "When you are up to your butt in alligators it is easy to forget your primary mission was to drain the swamp."

      You are not alone!

      almost 8 years ago

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