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Maintaining Quality of Life When You Have Cancer
Maintaining Quality of Life When You Have Cancer Recovering from cancer is not a simple process. First you have to follow your prescribed course of treatment. Then, there are follow-up appointments and other aftercare. It can take a while to get back to your normal activities. To help you make the transition back to your precancer lifestyle, ask your healthcare provider and other specialists to design a rehabilitation program for you. Its goal should be to strengthen you both physically and mentally. He...
Anxiety: Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Guided Imagery
Anxiety: Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Guided Imagery Symptom and description It is common to feel stress or anxiety when you have cancer. Anxiety can be a vague or uneasy feeling of distress. There are many things that can bring on these feelings, such as trips to your healthcare provider's office, treatments for your cancer, or fears about your cancer. Learning needs There are many things that you can do to help your stress. Two things that are easy to learn are called progressive muscle relaxatio...
Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life?
Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life? Do you have a rosy outlook and see the glass as half-full rather than half-empty? If so, your good attitude may have even more benefits than you think. A growing number of scientific studies suggest optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people. The science behind the smiles The idea of optimism leading to better health has been studied. Researchers have reviewed the results of over 80 studies to look...
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Taking Antidepressant Medicines
Taking Antidepressant Medicines You have come to the decision with your healthcare provider to try an antidepressant medicine for depression. To take antidepressant medicine safely, you will need some information. Here are some things you need to know to help you safely take your pills: Don't drink alcohol while taking antidepressant medicine. Alcohol may make you more depressed and keep your pills from working. If you have taken your medicine for a long time (months) and you feel it's not working anymo...