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How To Cope With Holiday Stress & Depression & Colorectal Cancer

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There is a difference between the “holiday blues” and depression.  If despite the best efforts, you continue to feel sad and anxious and are unable to shake off these feelings beyond a few weeks, or if you are unable to carry on your normal daily activities, you may be dealing with more than just holiday stress.  Reach out for help from your doctor, social worker, or other healthcare provider without delay. 

Cancer is a life-threatening illness that has an impact on a person’s emotional well-being.  A cancer diagnosis can seem devastating, even in the early stages. You don’t have to go through it alone. Studies show there is a higher suicide risk soon after diagnosis. Treatment can be hard to get through, but there are people available to help you through every step. Don’t be afraid to reach out.  Feeling overwhelmed with despair, lack of support, and uncontrolled physical symptoms can all lead to depression and suicidal thoughts.

No one has to suffer with physical or emotional pain.  Circumstances in life are constantly changing, as do feelings, no matter how hopeless the situation may seem at the moment.  Discuss these feelings with your doctor and health care team, and/or clergy, especially if you begin to make a plan to take your own life.  Depression can be treated and medication can help you through a difficult time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. (For information about depression and dealing with it, click here.)

Sometimes asking for help can be the most courageous thing we do.

If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline right away at 800.273.TALK (800.273.8255), or call 911, or go to the nearest Emergency Room.

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