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How to Cope With Mental Distress After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Posted by Michael Throneberry | Aug 26, 2022

It can be difficult for patients to cope after a mesothelioma diagnosis.  Sometimes, it is even harder to deal with the mental effects of a mesothelioma diagnosis than it is to deal with the physical effects. Maintaining a positive mindset when battling a mesothelioma diagnosis can be challenging. Feelings of hopelessness, anger, depression, and many others are quite common among mesothelioma patients.

After a mesothelioma diagnosis, it is crucial to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health. If a mesothelioma patient is experiencing hopelessness, anxiety, anger, depression, or any other negative feelings, it is in their best interest to take steps toward supporting their mental health.

The first step toward supporting your mental health as a mesothelioma patient is admitting to yourself that there is a problem. It is not uncommon for mesothelioma patients to deny their mental state for years. Because of this, a lot of mesothelioma patients are suffering in silence.

After acknowledging the psychological aspect of a mesothelioma diagnosis, the following are some steps you can take to keep your mental health in check;

Reach Out

Not talking to others about what you are feeling can make you feel like you are alone. You should reach out to people you trust, such as friends and family members. It would also be best for you to talk to your health care provider about the emotional ramifications of your diagnosis. When you talk to your mesothelioma doctor about your mental distress, tell them everything you are feeling, including whether you are feeling anxious or depressed. Remember, there is no wrong way to feel after a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Seek Counseling

You should not be afraid to seek help from a therapist. If, for example, your mesothelioma doctor advises that you see a therapist, do not hesitate, as seeing a therapist can help you learn how to cope when you are feeling particularly anxious or depressed.

Become Part of a Support Group                                                                                          

It is estimated that about 3,000 new mesothelioma cases are recorded annually in America. This means that you are not alone as a mesothelioma patient. Joining a support group can offer you emotional support. When you speak to people who are in the same situation as you, it can help you feel less alone.

Empower Yourself With Knowledge

Often, mesothelioma patients feel anxious and depressed because they do not know what to expect. If you feel scared about what will happen in the future, you can benefit a lot from researching mesothelioma. When you learn as much as you can about your illness, it can help you feel less troubled and more in control.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyers

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment.

About the Author

Michael Throneberry

Attorney Michael Throneberry graduated from Purdue University with a Civil Engineering degree. He then served with the United States Army...

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