Supporting women whose lives have been touched by breast cancer

Post Treatment Depression


Depression is very common, with 5-10% of the general population suffering from it to some extent at any one time (source:, but almost half of all women with early breast cancer experience depression or anxiety in their first year after diagnosis (source: British Medical Journal.4 February 2005)

It's not that difficult to work out why some of us feel low from time to time! But there are important differences between feeling low (which doesn't need treatment) and feeling depressed (which usually does). If you are depressed, you may feel some, or all of the following symptoms, most of the time:

  • Persistent sadness that does not lift with happy experiences.
  • Lack of interest in activities and pastimes that are normally enjoyed.
  • Loss of interest in sex.
  • A loss of interest in friends and socialising.
  • Feelings of guilt and self-blame.
  • Marked pessimism about the future.
  • Suicidal thoughts and talk of wishing one were dead