A breast cancer diagnosis can bring on a wide range of emotions including shock, fear, sadness, anger and grief. These feelings are normal.
Some people find a support group or talking to a counselor or therapist helpful in coping with these feelings.
Learn more about support groups.
Dealing with breast cancer can lead to serious depression and severe emotional distress, especially during the first year after diagnosis [24-25].
These feelings are common among people with metastatic breast cancer and their loved ones .
When the symptoms listed below last longer than 2 weeks, they are signs of clinical depression . Talk to a health care provider or see a therapist if you have:
Depression needs to be treated. Treatment may include:
Be sure to talk with your oncologist before taking any medications for depression. Some can interfere with breast cancer treatments.
For example, some antidepressants may interfere with the hormone therapy drug tamoxifen.
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