My mother suffers from anxiety so extreme that she spends her days stressing out about what to eat, what to wear, etc. We were hoping this was chemobrain, but it was March since her last cycle, and she continues to get worse. Right now we are trying some psychiatric drugs. I am seeing minor improvement, but no breakthroughs yet. One of our biggest struggles is that she blames all her ailments on the medicine she is taking, so we have to struggle to get her to even take the medicine. What has been your experience and do you have any suggestions or alternative treatments that you have found to be successful?
We started seeing this decline in her mental health during the 5th cycle of her chemo treatment (during that time, she also suffered from some hypertension issues).
Approximately 60% of cancer patients suffer from attentional problems and inefficient memory retrieval during treatment, and only 1/2 of them are back to baseline in one year. Generally speaking most people do not suffer from extreme anxiety, although emotional distress is certainly common. Anxiety and depression should be aggressively treated by medications and therapy.
Christina Meyers, Ph.D.
Posted: 02 Aug 2006 01:32 PM Originally Posted: 02 Aug 2006 01:33 PM