Just as cancer treatment affects your physical health, it affects the way you feel, think, and do the things you like to do. Besides causing many emotions that may surprise you, the treatment may actually change the way your brain works. Just as you need to take care of your body after treatment, you need to take care of your emotions. Each person's experience with cancer is different, and the feelings, emotions, and fears that you have are unique as well. The values you grew up with may affect how you think about and deal with cancer. Some people may feel they have to be strong and protect their friends and families.
Emotional, Mental Health, and Mood Changes
Managing stress and anxiety | Breast Cancer Now
Common feelings during this life-changing experience include anxiety, distress, and depression. Roles at home, school, and work can be affected. It's important to recognize these changes and get help when needed. Anxiety means feeling uncomfortable, worried, or scared about a real or possible situation.
The Psychological Impact of a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Background: Breast cancer patients often experience a high level of distress. Psychological distress is a broad construct encompass both depression and anxiety. Previous studies in examining which of these psychological symptoms either anxiety or depression were more significantly associated with the distress level in breast cancer patients is lacking. This study aims to compare the level of depression and anxiety between patients with different level of distress. The correlation between the changes in distress level with depression or anxiety over 12 months was also examined.
Lisa Beatty, David Kissane. Anxiety and depression are the two most prevalent psychiatric presentations among women with breast cancer. If left untreated, anxiety and depression can have serious psychological, medical and health service utilisation consequences.