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WHAT IT IS
Being treated for cancer can take a toll on a person's mental health. It's normal to feel down or worried after undergoing treatment for such a life-altering disease. But if those feelings persist and start to interfere with your daily life, you might be dealing with depression or anxiety.
One of the biggest challenges for many cancer survivors is the fear of the cancer coming back. This is a valid concern, especially during the transition from active treatment to recovery. You may be worried about who will be monitoring your health, how to cope with the side-effects of treatment, and feeling pressure from friends and family to "be normal." But don't worry - this fear usually gets better over time.
HOW TO TREAT IT
You’re not alone in this journey and there are things you can do to manage your mental health. Seeking professional help can be essential in regaining a sense of control and reducing worry. Talking therapy, including cognitive-behavioural therapy, has proven to be effective in reducing anxiety and depression.
It is crucial to recognize that depression and anxiety are not signs of weakness or personal failure. They are medical conditions that can happen to anyone, especially those who have undergone the physical and emotional stresses of cancer treatment. It is essential to seek support from loved ones, friends, and professional resources to manage these feelings.
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