Being overwhelmed, worried, and/or feeling sad are all normal feelings to experience upon receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. If you begin to struggle daily, if emotions are feeling out of control and last for two weeks or more, it is time to talk to a healthcare professional. It may be depression. Depression not only affects your mental health and well-being, but can create great difficulty in following cancer treatment care already in place. Talking with your doctor and sharing your feelings and symptoms will ensure you receive the proper diagnosis and care that you need.
There are specific factors related to breast cancer treatment to be aware of that can impact how an individual may feel. These include hormonal changes, aging, and medications. Additionally chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and ovarian shutdown may contribute to depression.
Depression treatment often includes talk therapy, medications, or both. Taking care of yourself during this time is important and there are several ways to help. Talking to trusted family and friends, eating healthy, getting regular exercise, and joining a support group where you may share similar experiences with others can be beneficial. To learn more about depression management, click here.
breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. This site also offers many discussion groups for questions and connecting with others who may be having similar experiences.
Susan G. Komen For information, assistance, and emotional support. Support is also available by calling the Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636).
Bright Pink National non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.
Avon Foundation for Women Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has been working tirelessly to help prevent, treat, and ultimately eradicate this disease.