POSSIBLE SIGNS OF DEPRESSION:1
- Loss of enjoyment and interest in hobbies
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Persistent thoughts such as
“what is the point?” or “I can’t be bothered”
- Loss of appetite
- Withdrawing from others
After you are diagnosed with breast cancer, you may find yourself stuck in a spiral of low mood, feeling helpless and hopeless of the future. Most people experience similar emotions. However, if your low mood persists, you could have depression.1 Depression is a common condition in response to trauma.1
Depression can have a broad range of symptoms that varies from person to person. The list below is not exhaustive, however, if you have the following signs or any other concerns, you should talk to your treatment team or GP who can refer you to a counsellor or psychiatrist.1
Learning about your diagnosis, treatment options and potential changes that your body is going to experience may put you under immense stress. Any uncertainty that you foresee as a result of your diagnosis could intensify your nervous and panicky emotions.2
Some techniques to reduce stress and anxiety include distraction, meditation and relaxation, or one-to-one counselling.2 Regular exercise and staying physically active may also help you clear your mind and lower stress levels.2 Starting with low-impact exercises such as yoga, swimming or brisk walking can help you stay active.4 However, distracting yourself with alcohol or smoking is unlikely to help, and can lead to other health problems.2
No matter what, you should remember that everyone’s mental health is different. While some people will find reaching out to family or friends for emotional and mental support effective for maintaining mental health, you may not.5 It is okay to seek help from a mental health professional or support group to help you feel better.5
This health information is provided for reference only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider.
All decisions regarding patient care must be made with healthcare provider.