Mental health and cancer

psychological effects of cancer

Feelings of depression, anxiety, and fear are very common and are normal responses to this life-changing experience. Learn about and use the resources available. The most usual are denial, anger, fear, anxiety, sadness, depression, guilt and loneliness. Signs and symptoms of fear and anxiety include: Anxious facial expressions Trouble solving problems and focusing thoughts Muscle tension the person may also look tense or tight Trembling or shaking Restlessness, may feel keyed up or on edge Dry mouth Irritability or angry outbursts grouchy or short-tempered If a person has these symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, and they are interfering with his or her life, a mental health evaluation could helpful.

The disease not only affects your body but also your mental wellbeing. Sit with the person during panic attacks until he or she is feeling better.

Help make appointments for mental health treatment, if needed.

Mental illness and cancer incidence

Help make appointments for mental health treatment, if needed. Try deep breathing and relaxation exercises. The person may be afraid that a panic attack will happen while driving. Studies of coping styles and survival or recurrence cancer coming back after treatment show that being cheerful has little to no effect on cancer. Why is maintaining good mental health important? These concerns may affect patients during or after cancer treatments. Keep in mind that sometimes, despite having all the symptoms, a person may deny having these feelings. But first, a person must recognize that they need help dealing with their emotions and responses to the major changes that cancer brings to their lives. Post-traumatic stress can be a response to a life changing event like a cancer diagnosis.

People might also fear death, suffering, pain, or all the unknown things that lie ahead. If you suspect you may be depressed, see a doctor. Accepting the role of patient can be hard.

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Cancer, feelings and mental health