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Depression Induced By Terminal Illness – Can Counseling Help?




Young woman looking worried and depressed

There’s no denying the fact that grief and despair is common among people who are facing the end of their lives due to some kind of terminal illness. This is a kind of feeling which gives them more pain than the pain that they derive from their illness. Nevertheless, this is at the same time deemed as a normal reaction to such a state of life. There are several terminally ill people whose grief turns into a form of depression and this kind of depression seems to affect 78% of the people who are already suffering from terminal illness. 
Expert health professionals suggest that the risk of a depression increases when the disease reaches an advanced stage and this can get extremely uncomfortable. The more change experienced in an individual's body, the less control they feel they have on their lives. 
A Few ‘Normal’ Symptoms For A Person With Terminal Illness
There can’t be any right way in which people can feel about the impending end of their lives. Here is a list of the ‘normal’ symptoms which are found in people with a terminal illness. 
  • Panic
  • Disbelief
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Denial
  • Bitterness
  • Loneliness
  • Sadness
  • Frustration
  • Vulnerable
  • Acceptance
  • Peace
Depression – What Type Is Found Among People With Terminal Illness?
Depression is categorized having different experiences like frustration, sadness, anxiety, change in routine of sleep, change in weight, energy loss, difficulty in making decisions and alteration in eating habits. As long as the terminally ill are concerned, it is tough to differentiate the symptoms and know whether they are arising due to the disease or due to depression. Another subtle symptom among the terminally ill is that they don’t tend to respond to treatment as is expected. They can sometimes even think of attempting suicide and keep asking the doctors about hastening their deaths. 
The Types Of Treatments Which Are Available For Such People
  • Online Therapy
Online therapy or psychotherapy deals with attending different counseling sessions with a therapist who offers you advice. An online therapist from a reputable online therapy service such will help you recognize the issues that you’re suffering, and will give you possible solutions. This understanding can help you in reducing all sorts of depressive symptoms.
  • Modifications in Lifestyle
When you can successfully add few habits to your regular lifestyle, this can be beneficial for a person who is suffering from terminal illness. Yoga, meditation and massage can reduce the depressive symptoms of a person.
Therefore, whenever you’re wondering about the ways in which you can deal with terminal illness, you should seek the help of a professional to get things under control.

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