I seem to dwell on the subject of anxiety. I find myself easily falling into a state of anxiety when certain tests, like three-month check-in CT scans, must be done and shared with me. Lately it has also caused problems when I need an IV placed. Anxiety, for me, is very different from garden-variety nervousness. If I’m not paying attention, anxiety has the power to knock me down and keep me down.
In my life and with my diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer, anxiety is one of those emotions that is inevitable. It’s not a matter of beating or “getting rid of” anxiety. I know I have to learn how to live with it, preferably in peace and with acceptance.
KYKat, on March 09, 2018 said: Has anyone had success with a psychologist or psychiatrist? I tried both, one insisted I be hospitalized with mental patients so I'd have people to 'share with' while the other said ALL cancer patients should be on psychotropic medications. These ideas are not in line with me and my needs and actually can be described as generic answers. Anyone know if counselors exist who deal solely with cancer patients on individual basis and not rely on cancer support groups? we are individuals afterall and personally, I do not share with a group what I would with a licensed physician.
KYKat, that sounds like two terrible experiences. About two years into my diagnosis, I was not doing well with anxiety. ...
Thank you for suggesting acupuncture. I did try it but my fear of needles did not make it a relaxing experience. The practitioner was actually the person who suggested I try Tai chi or qi gong. I'm looking for some acupressure lessons though! Good luck to you.