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Cancer and depressionCCancer and depressionCancer and depressionEnglishOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z7.4000000000000064.2000000000000532.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<h2>Is it normal to feel sad sometimes?</h2><p>Sadness and grief are normal feelings when you have cancer or have survived cancer. Because these feelings are common, it’s important to understand the difference between normal sadness and depression. </p>
Le cancer et la dépressionLLe cancer et la dépressionCancer and depressionFrenchOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<h2>Parfois je me sens triste, est-ce normal?</h2> <p>Si tu as le cancer ou si tu y as survécu, il est normal de ressentir de la tristesse et du chagrin. Étant donné que ces sentiments sont répandus, il est important de comprendre la différence entre la tristesse et la dépression. </p>

 

 

 

 

Cancer and depression3573.00000000000Cancer and depressionCancer and depressionCEnglishOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z7.4000000000000064.2000000000000532.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<h2>Is it normal to feel sad sometimes?</h2><p>Sadness and grief are normal feelings when you have cancer or have survived cancer. Because these feelings are common, it’s important to understand the difference between normal sadness and depression. </p><h2>Cancer and depression</h2><p>Symptoms of depression often start with a difficult or stressful situation, such as having cancer. In fact, symptoms of depression affect about 1 in 4 people with cancer.</p><h2>What is depression?</h2><p>Depression is an illness. It is more than just normal sadness or feeling down. Depression lasts for a longer time and affects your thoughts, feelings, behaviour and overall health. Some people think only adults get depression, but teenagers get depression too. About 8 per cent of teens in Canada experience depression. Just like there is treatment for many other illnesses, there is treatment for depression too. Many people get better after treatment. </p><h2>What are the signs and symptoms of depression?</h2><p>Symptoms of depression can be emotional, physical and behavioural. If you have several of the following symptoms, find someone you trust and who you can talk to about how you feel, or talk to a member of your health-care team. </p><ul><li>Feeling sadness that doesn’t go away or crying a lot </li><li>Not feeling like doing the things you used to like – you don’t really see your friends and want to be left alone most of the time</li><li>Low self-esteem, including losing confidence in yourself</li><li>Finding it hard to make up your mind, concentrate or remember things</li><li>Feeling hopeless, like nothing good is going to happen</li><li>Having a negative attitude or feeling empty</li><li>Getting irritated or upset easily</li><li>Sleeping more or less than usual </li><li>Feeling guilty without any real reason</li><li>Feeling really tired and like you don’t have energy a lot of the time </li></ul><p>Remember that we are all different and you may have some of these feelings and not others, or they might not be quite the same.</p><div class="callout2"><p>If you have thoughts of harming yourself, tell someone who can help you right away! </p></div><p>Depression doesn’t mean that:</p><ul><li>you’re lazy, crazy, or weak</li><li>you should "just get over it"</li><li>there is something wrong with you as a person </li><li>you’ve done something that makes you deserve to feel bad</li></ul><h2>What can I do about depression?</h2><p>It’s important to get treatment for symptoms of depression before it leads to other problems such as failing school, relationship troubles or problems with alcohol or drugs.</p><ul><li>Talking about your symptoms of depression is the first step to getting better. You can talk directly to your doctor or nurse or another member of your health-care team such as a psychologist, a social worker, a counsellor or a psychiatrist. You can tell your family or tell someone you trust at school. They can help you get the treatment you need. </li><li>Depression can be successfully treated with medication, therapy, or a combination of both. </li><li>Being active and getting enough rest can help reduce the symptoms of depression. </li><li>Avoid alcohol and drugs. They may seem like a good way to escape but they make depression worse. Talk to a member of your health-care team instead. They won’t judge you. Being honest is an important part of getting better.</li></ul><h2>Resources</h2><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.mooddisorders.ca/faq/teen-depression">The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario</a>: Frequently Asked Questions – Teen Depression</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/dealing_with_teen_depression_writable.pdf">The British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development</a>: Dealing with Depression: Antidepressant Skills for Teens</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/Cancer_and_depression.jpg