WHAT ARE THE MEN­TAL HEALTH RISKS OF A CANCER DI­AG­NO­SIS?

Women's Health (UK) - - STRONG MIND -

Be­ing di­ag­nosed with a lifethreat­en­ing con­di­tion such as cancer is trau­matic and can stir up a roller­coaster of emo­tions, from grief trig­gered by a shock di­ag­no­sis to anger and de­spair over the im­pact it will have on your life and those around you. Th­ese feel­ings may per­sist longer than you’d ex­pect, and can lead to anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion. This can have a huge im­pact on your abil­ity to func­tion in your per­sonal life and at work. Some may de­velop PTSD symp­toms that re­quire psy­cho­log­i­cal treat­ment, or even med­i­ca­tion, to man­age their symp­toms. Dr Sarah Vohra, con­sul­tant psy­chi­a­trist and au­thor @the­mindmedic

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