Coping With Complex, Stress-Related Emotions
- A stressful event, such as a cancer diagnosis, can cause a huge array of emotions and these may be fluid and vary a great deal from person to person.
- When going through something difficult, it’s important to realize and accept that emotions come and go. There will be good days and bad days.
- Psychiatrist Dr. Lori Plutchik stressed that it is also important for your support team including both doctors and loves ones to understand the fluidity of stress-related emotions.
“The way people respond is very variable,” Psychiatrist Dr. Lori Plutchik tells SurvivorNet. “Very much consistent with how they respond to stresses and challenges in their life in general.”Read More
If a stressful event is affecting how you think and feel, it may be time to seek some sort of mental health treatment. This could mean traditional talk therapy, medication, changing lifestyle habits (like exercise and diet), seeking out a support group, or many other approaches.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- What can I do if my emotions begin to feel overwhelming?
- Are there approaches that don’t involve traditional therapy?
- Should I consider medication such as antidepressants?
- What are the potential side effects should I decide to begin medication?