A diagnosis of prostate cancer typically brings about depression. Depression is a mood disorder with varying symptoms, but usually makes a person feel sad, hopeless, anxious, tired, worthless and even suicidal in severe cases. It is quite common for men to feel sad after receiving this diagnosis. The depression may be mild or severe, but it almost always occurs. In addition to depression, men often experience extremely high levels of stress and anxiety due to facing unknown outcomes of their disease and cancer treatments.
Truck drivers often have to take time off from their jobs for treatments. Their urologist will explain the disease and possible treatment options and suggest the best method to treat their particular situation. The urologist may decide that no treatment is required at this stage of the disease. This is referred to as watchful waiting. The urologist will explain the potential side effects of the treatment method chosen as well as the patient’s outcome for recovery.
The depression can become worse due to the actual treatments for the cancer if it causes the man to suffer with impotence or incontinence. These conditions can cause men to lose their
self-esteem and confidence in themselves or their abilities. Wives, partners and family members may also experience stress, anxiety and depression as they try to cope with the situation. They may experience an even higher level of depression than the actual patient. Mood swings and persistent negative thinking are common among men and women.
When you realize that you or your spouse or friend is suffering with depression as a result of prostate cancer you can be confused and not know how to get help. Oftentimes, you or your partner might feel hopeless and don’t see any way out of the situation. However, it’s important to realize that you can beat your depression, and you must change your attitude in order to do that.
Support groups are often the first places to get professional help and support form other patients and their spouses in the same situation. Hospitals often have support groups led by qualified staff to lead these groups. The policies vary from hospital to hospital. Some hospitals have men only support groups. Some have women support groups while some may have combined groups for both men and women. These support groups are usually available without charge.
Another important source of support are friends and family members. Private counseling is available from psychologists, psychiatrists and trained counselors for those who desire individualized therapy. During this time, you will need all the support you can get. A solid support system is a primary key in helping both you and your spouse work through this condition.
Healthy foods are vital during this recovery time. It is very important to take care of your health. Make an extra effort to eat good quality healthy foods during this time. A healthy diet will enable your body to become healthier and help enable your body to help fight the cancer. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain vital nutrients which can equip your body to heal faster than if you consumed low quality unhealthy foods.
Exercises approved by your physician can be a vital component of your recovery. Regular exercise does a lot to reduce depression and stress levels in the body. You may be limited in the level of activity you are allowed to do after prostate surgery treatments. However, once your physician allows you to exercise plan to exercise on a regular basis with an exercise program adapted to your level of health and fitness. Choose physician approved exercises that are both enjoyable and safe for you to do. If weather permits, exercise outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. The primary objective is to do safe exercises that are both safe and beneficial to you.
Humor is a natural antidote for stress and depression. Find something to laugh about. Laughter has been referred to as the best medicine. So watch funny movies, read joke books or anything you can think of to do to bring humor into your life. Laugh often as it will provide some relief to a depressed state of mind.
Rest is also important in managing depression. Both the mind and body need adequate rest. Depression can interrupt your sleep patterns, causing you experience restless sleep and causing you to wake up throughout the night. It is much better if you can get uninterrupted sleep each night. Strive to get at least eight hours of good quality sleep each night.
A positive mental attitude will definitely benefit you in your battle with depression. It may not be easy, but make an attempt to try and remain positive at all times. This will be forced at time, but do it anyway. Make an attempt to be as positive as you can so make this a constant focus of your life. While support groups can be very helpful, seek out individual professional help if you feel that you need it in addition to your urologist. Good qualified professionals are available that can give you the individual addition you may require, so seek them out when necessary.
Dealing with depression is not easy. Actually, it can be quite difficult at times. Just knowing where to turn for help and knowing what to do can be vital in your recovery. You can win your battle against depression. Your physician, family, friends and everyone else in your support group can help you get there. You need to keep a positive attitude.