Every October, we all come together to raise awareness for one of the most prolific types of cancer affecting women, and men, today: breast cancer. 250,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women, and about 2,300 in men, every year in the United States. It is important to know that the struggle with cancer doesn’t end with the person diagnosed, or even during remission, it is an ongoing battle physically and mentally for the individual, their family, and their loved ones. Being diagnosed with breast cancer and enduring treatment can put serious pressure on one’s mental health. It is extremely important to know the signs of depression in order to recognize it in yourself or your loved ones. Symptoms include trouble concentrating, trouble remembering details, trouble with making decisions, fatigue, feelings of guilt, pessimism and hopelessness, insomnia or early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much, irritability, restlessness, loss of interest in things once pleasurable, severe overeating or appetite loss, aches, pains, headaches or cramps that won’t go away, digestive problems that don’t get better, persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings, and even suicidal thoughts or attempts. If you or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately. Call 911 or the Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255.
If you’re worried about a recurrence of breast cancer, or any cancer for that matter, or struggling with anxiety or depression, it may be time to seek help. Outpatient mental health counseling can help those struggling with grief, anxiety, depression, stress, and so much more. Therapy offers a warm, safe, and supportive environment to help those struggling with any mental health issues to cope. Individual, family, and even group sessions offer comfort in knowing you are not alone! Everyone needs someone to talk to, and it always helps to talk to someone highly trained in the field of mental health to help yourself really grow.