Not every woman can perk up like Judith. Between one-quarter and one-half of all cancer patients suffer from depression to such an extent that they may need anti-depressants or help from a psychiatrist. For others, depression can be mild, they can be helped by a conversation with a specialist, or it will go away by itself when the shock subsides after the doctor has made the diagnosis and begins treatment.
It's easy to see where the depression comes from. “For most people, the diagnosis of cancer means, first of all,“ I can die, ”says Dr. Holland. Then they think, “I may be disabled, dependent on other people, disfigured. I will not stay the way I was. People will not be able to love me as before. I will be isolated and lose people close to me, because they will not be able to endure me with such a disease. ” For women, this additionally means: “I will lose some of my attractiveness. I will lose some of my femininity. My hair may fall out. I can remove the genitals, I will lose sexual attractiveness, sexual desires, I lose the opportunity to have intimate relationships. " And if this is a young woman, she will think: "I will not have the opportunity to have my own home, family, children." All this is a very big loss, such thoughts lead to premature mental anguish. "