WHAT ARE THE MENTAL HEALTH RISKS OF A CANCER DIAGNOSIS?
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