Prostate Cancer’s Psychological effects
Article by Mike Smith
Bad Psychological Effects
One third of prostate cancer patients show psychotic symptoms at some stage during treatments. The majority, 70 percent do very well mentally, however. Temporary insomnia is a disease that’s most commonly occurring as a psychiatric symptom in this case. Insomnia can also be caused by the medications used. Small walks and enjoying fresh air can stimulate some enthusiasm, and also improve the quality of sleep.
What mental challenges do patients face?
Prostate cancer can be a mental challenge. The patient wakes up in the treatment process at the beginning asking many questions: what happens in the body, what happens in life, what is happening in mind and what kind of man will I become? Questions may be based on childhood experiences.
The cancer is a threat to manhood at different levels, which are the masculine identity, shaped by male hormones, corporeality, sexuality, and reproductive organs, urinary-related activities. During and after the treatment, patient manifests a loss of sexual desire, erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
What happens next?
Illness after the patient’s sense of self-control can be upset and may result in a crisis. In a spiritual crisis, the acute phase is followed by the structuring phase of things, which is achieved through the psychic equilibrium. Mental stages of the crisis are shock, denial, reaction step, through the work and the integration phase, in which the patient accepts a place and mental growth begins. Mental symptoms related to anxiety, mood swings and sleep problems become common. Illness caused by the problems of the psyche to seek professional support that cancer patients are offered, including clinics.
During the process of the disease there is a risk that the patient can become depressed. Alienation, a sense of inferiority and sense of inadequacy, and passivity may be symptoms of depression. Depression may result in the withdrawal of an outsider in the family situations and the earlier determination could become a passive resignation and powerlessness.
Psychological rehabilitation can help patients’ mental health. Feelings of mutual sharing and closeness play a significant role.. Sense of manhood is a strong desire, even if with erectile dysfunction occurs. The patient should be able to mourn their loss. Humour helps mental rehabilitation, peer support groups that can support the adaptation and trigger a debate on the reservations about the blocking are common, and it plays an important role in prostate cancer patients with psychological adaptation. Humor should not be used to embarrass their prostate cancer, however.
Mike Smith is a health journalist who writes about health topics, including cancer, alternative medicine, psychology and more. Read his latest Ayurstate for prostate care review on TrustedExpertsReviews