Shaking the Depression Stigma During Cancer Treatment

How do you deal with the stigma of depression while undergoing cancer treatment?

depressionDo you feel like people don’t understand how you feel? Do others treat you differently if they know you have depression? There has been a stigma attached to this condition for quite a while. After fighting cancer and depression you shouldn’t have to deal with the shame and guilt that often accompanies mental and emotional conditions. Dr. Beverly Yoches is a psychologist that has seen what these feelings can do to a person’s mental state. Watch this video to learn more about the stigma of depression while undergoing cancer treatment.

Video Transcripts

Beverly Yoches: In our society today, if you break your leg or you have a sore throat or you have a cancer diagnosis, we go to the doctor and we tell everybody about our treatment and there does not seem to be any shame in it. However, when we start to feel sad, depressed, anxious, we want to hide that and there is such a stigma around seeing a psychologist because mental illness is looked upon within a lot of cultures and families as being shameful and so I think a lot of that keeps people from reaching out and there is also the stigma that you must have to be really crazy to see a psychologist and that’s not the case at all, so psychological help is there, it is beneficial and I believe the mind body spirit connection is important during this time.

Dr. Beverly Yoches
Dr. Beverly Yoches, a graduate of Argosy University, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, AZ. She specializes in the treatment of addiction, anxiety, anger, bereavement, depression, mood disorders, trauma and those with serious mental illness.

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