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  • Depression and anxiety
    people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder Many people who develop depression have experienced an anxiety disorder in the past such as generalized anxiety disorder GAD panic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder OCD Some doctors think that depression can be triggered by these conditions Depression can also cause anxiety in the sense that anxiety can be a symptom of major depression Depression can cause a surprisingly wide variety of symptoms including nervousness irritability difficulty sleeping and problems concentrating all symptoms that can also affect people with anxiety If you re experiencing symptoms like these does it matter which condition you have Maybe and maybe not Your doctor will want to make sure that you don t have another underlying disease that could cause similar symptoms For example multiple sclerosis thyroid disease vitamin B6 deficiency and the flu can all cause depression Similarly head injuries asthma heart failure and even fever can all cause anxiety However if it appears that you have a mental health disorder such as depression anxiety or both together you might find that the treatments are similar Pfizer Canada Inc 2015 All rights reserved Privacy Policy Disclaimer About Pfizer Please enter the email

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  • Risk factors for mental illness
    rare conditions Still they don t affect everyone and researchers are still investigating why It turns out that certain factors can increase the chance that an individual will develop a mood disorder some time during his or her lifetime Here are a few Gender Women are more prone to depression than men in fact mood and anxiety disorders occur about one and a half times more often in women Genetics Depression and chronic anxiety tend to run in families There s also been some research that suggests that if you have a certain defect in what s called the transporter gene your body is less able to carry a chemical messenger called serotonin making you more susceptible to major depression Life events Going through a number of stressful life events or traumas such as serious illness abuse divorce or losing a job can trigger an episode of depression in vulnerable individuals Some research has also found that emotional or physical abuse during childhood raises your risk of developing severe depression later in life Personality styles Traits like being self critical or having low self esteem can put people at greater risk of mood disorders Chronic illnesses Illnesses such as heart disease diabetes and Alzheimer s disease have been linked to depression Other diseases Recent research has found links between depression and certain viruses including the Epstein Barr virus which causes mononucleosis There might also be a connection between depression and certain proteins that play a role in the immune system or between depression and our body s response to the hormone insulin Many of these factors work together to cause depression or anxiety in a person at risk For example even people carrying genes that predispose them to mood disorders may have to be exposed to certain environmental conditions to

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  • Cognitive−behavioural therapy
    CBT CBT is a type of short term talk therapy Depending on how complex their problems are people typically undergo between 5 and 20 CBT sessions During these sessions they learn to focus on the present and solve issues as they happen One goal is to teach people to identify overly negative or distorted ways of thinking Another is to help them modify their approach to dealing with worries and solve problems in a more rational way CBT also includes ways to change your behaviour since what you do can affect your thoughts and feelings CBT can be done one on one with a therapist or in a group session How does CBT work When you decide to begin CBT you and your therapist will set goals to work on during your sessions While undergoing CBT you may have homework each week so that you can make progress between sessions This homework may be in the form of a diary or questionnaire You may even be given some suggested strategies to use when you start thinking in a negative way or find yourself in a situation that makes you feel anxious If you feel overwhelmed by problems CBT teaches you how to break them into smaller more manageable parts What conditions can CBT help with CBT is known to be one of the most effective treatments for depression and anxiety Research has shown that it can also help with several other conditions including panic disorder phobias social anxiety stress and obsessive compulsive disorder It can even be helpful with certain eating disorders and some sleep problems How do I know if CBT is right for me CBT doesn t benefit everyone If you decide to try CBT you will be given a detailed assessment to determine whether this approach to

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  • Side effects of cancer treatment
    side effects but some common ones are nausea loss of appetite weight loss altered taste diarrhea and fatigue Some breast cancer treatments can also cause hot flashes and other symptoms associated with menopause All these effects can range from mild to severe depending on the individual Factors such as age and overall health can influence how severe a side effect may be but in general the experience of side effects varies widely among cancer patients Since most cancer treatments are given for only a short time many of their side effects are time limited For example nausea and diarrhea almost always go away once the treatments are finished A few side effects such as numbness in the feet may be permanent Your doctor can tell you which side effects you can expect from your individual therapy Or if you re choosing your treatment based on which side effects you can tolerate your doctor can help you compare the side effects of different kinds of treatment What you can do about it Some of the side effects of cancer treatment can be prevented or minimized with other medications and changes in daily habits Support groups in person or online can be a good source of information and tips and your doctor can advise you about trustworthy websites Some pharmacists also specialize in helping cancer patients manage their side effects Here are some general tips to start with Drinking water throughout the day can help to minimize possible side effects ranging from nausea to urinary problems Sucking on ice chips can help supplement your water intake It s important to prevent or minimize nausea whenever possible in order to keep up your appetite your weight and your strength Anti nausea medication can help as can choosing foods carefully eating smaller meals brushing

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  • Cancer prevention
    well balanced diet with lots of vegetables and fruit staying fit and avoiding some of the specific risk factors below Smoking Not smoking or quitting smoking is the single most important thing we can do to prevent lung cancer which remains a leading cause of early death Smoking can also contribute to esophageal cancer and the use of chewing tobacco can cause cancers of the mouth Excessive alcohol Heavy alcohol consumption increases your risk of liver cancer and may increase your risk of esophageal cancer especially among smokers Sunburns and tanning Especially in Caucasian people skin cancers are directly linked to sun exposure Both sunburns and tanning cause skin damage that accumulates over time For that reason the use of tanning beds and salons is never safe Ensure that play areas have some shade and use sun hats to prevent burns sun block alone is not enough Human papillomavirus HPV This common sexually transmitted virus has long been recognized as the main cause of cervical cancer and it can cause cancers in men as well In recent years a vaccine has become available that prevents infection with the types of HPV that most often cause cancer In Canada vaccination is recommended for girls and women aged 9 to 26 and boys can also benefit Hepatitis Some types of hepatitis increase the risk of liver cancer People who are at higher risk of being infected with hepatitis A or B such as healthcare professionals should talk to their doctor about the possibility of being vaccinated against these viruses At present there is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C which is transmitted sexually or through recreational or injected drug use Work related risks Firefighters miners and others who may inhale toxic substances in their workplace must understand and follow the appropriate safety

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  • Maintaining a healthy diet during cancer treatment
    it easier to schedule times to eat and eat a little bit each time Keep snacks on hand that you can enjoy when you want them Pick snacks that require no preparation like nuts dried or fresh fruit cheese or your favourite flavour of ice cream When considering a healthy eating plan look for ways to save preparation time like buying pre cut vegetables Consider a supplement If you don t feel like eating there are some nutritious and tasty liquid meal or snack replacements you might enjoy If hot foods that you usually enjoy don t appeal to you because of their smell consider a cold meal instead Eating well will make you feel better and help you keep your strength up while your body is undergoing the stresses of treatment It may also help you manage some of the side effects of your treatment Your healthcare team which often includes a dietitian or nutritionist can help design an eating plan that is just right for you taking into account your likes and dislikes your schedule and your nutrient needs And did you know Light or moderate exercise may not only make you feel better but can help to stimulate your appetite Ask your doctor about an exercise plan that fits your situation If you are having chemotherapy you may have low red blood cells anemia which means you might need more iron than usual Good sources of iron include grain products vegetables like spinach broccoli potatoes and peas fruits like raisins and prunes and meats and meat alternatives like liver pork lean beef lentils egg yolk and soy milk If you have a problem with nausea during treatment it might help to nibble dry crackers or toast when you first wake up Ginger tea might also help settle

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  • Living with cancer
    feel comfortable sharing Cancer sometimes changes the way we see ourselves and the way others see us It can have an effect on our relationships but not always negatively You may discover support and friendship from a whole new group of people Some practical tips Learn as much as you can from your healthcare team about your particular cancer the treatment options available there may be several how long your treatments will last and what you can expect Continue living your life as normally as you can If you can keep working do so although recognize when you are tired or stressed and plan your working time carefully If you have a hobby that you enjoy indulge yourself do the things that help you relax and forget about everything else Listen to music read a book do a crossword puzzle work in the garden go for a walk around the neighbourhood Some people find that a diary is helpful to keep records of how you are feeling during this time You don t need to share this diary with anyone and it may help to relieve the stress and anxiety you are feeling Support groups are available and your healthcare team can direct you to one You may find it helpful to share your feelings with other people who have been through the same experiences Sometimes talking to people other than your family or friends will give you a new perspective and it may make you feel less alone If you can t attend a meeting there are support groups online Even if you don t actively participate you may find it helpful to read about the experiences of other people in your situation Don t be afraid to ask for help when you need it Even those who know

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  • Dealing with cancer pain
    treatment is more frightening than the cancer itself but it doesn t have to be There are many good ways you can control and reduce the pain you may experience Managing your pain is part of your cancer treatment plan and it should be taken seriously Here are some pointers Don t hesitate to tell your healthcare team that you re having pain Don t tough it out and don t wait for it to get worse Describe the pain to your caregivers as accurately as you can Rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10 Keep a pain diary This will help you keep track of specifics like when the pain occurs whether it is present all the time or only in short bursts whether it is affected by exercise what you ate or some other factor what makes your pain better or worse what effect it has on your daily activities Exercise sleep and rest and good nutrition may also help you manage your pain Complementary therapies are also available such as acupuncture massage therapy and hypnosis Some complementary therapies are covered by insurance plans You may also wish to learn how to visualize or meditate

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