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Mental Health: Coping With Distress

Mental Health: Coping With Distress

Pancreatic cancer can take a toll on your mental health. It’s important to understand the emotional distress associated with cancer and learn how to cope with anxiety and depression.

For a thorough discussion of distress, including tools for measuring it, ideas for coping with it, and how to tell if you could use assistance in dealing with it, visit cancer.org, the website of the American Cancer Society.

You may also want to take the online class, "Keeping Well in Mind, Body, and Spirit"

These links are to third-party websites.

Mental Health: Coping With Anxiety

Cancer can affect you in many ways. It may not only cause physical issues, but it may affect your emotions. It may make you feel anxious or depressed.

Some days it may feel like you’re facing these issues alone. But you’re not alone. Your healthcare team, family, friends, and cancer support groups are there to help you through this tough time.

Anxiety may cause people to feel very frightened, upset, or worried. It can make it hard to perform daily activities like shopping for groceries or going to work.

Depression may cause people to feel very sad. It may make it hard to concentrate or difficult to sleep. Depression may also make you feel like all you want to do is sleep. Like anxiety, people who feel depressed may find it hard to do everyday activities.

Anxiety and depression can be serious problems that can only be diagnosed by your doctor. Talk with your doctor or nurse about your emotional needs. They can help you find the resources you need to get help.

You may also want to take the online class, "Keeping Well in Mind, Body, and Spirit"

These links are to third-party websites.