What signs of emotional problems should I look for after cancer?

You are likely to experience some strong emotions after your cancer treatments end. Emotions can trigger certain reactions in your body, in your behavior, and in the way you think about things.

Physical reactions might include:
  • Crying often
  • Feeling tired (fatigue)
  • Feeling generally "under the weather"
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling tense or anxious and worried
  • Change in eating habits
Behavior changes can include:
  • Avoiding people or things that remind you of your cancer
  • Needing a lot of reassurance from loved ones and friends
  • Lacking confidence in yourself
  • Withdrawing from people and normal activities
  • Feeling irritable and moody much of the time
  • Overreacting to situations
  • Having problems communicating with others
Changes in the way you think about things might include:
  • Not being able to forget about your cancer experience
  • Increased watchfulness or caution about your health
  • Not being able to concentrate or pay attention
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Getting angry or frustrated easily.

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