We all are subject to developing depression and prostate cancer survivors are subject to a large share of it.  Besides dealing with the everyday issues of living our life, we also are hounded by our diagnosis.   However, it is important to understand that there are everyday types of depression and what is referred to as clinical depression.  Understanding the differences and how to deal with depression is important.

The everyday types of depression are caused by bumps in the road of life. Over time, we can learn to accept these problems or take steps to resolve them and put the depression aside.

Clinical depression is a medical condition that becomes part of your consciousness, obstructs oyour ability to function and requires the attention of a mental health practitioner. If you find your world darkened by feelings of depression; if you withdraw from social encounters; lack  any energy or will; don’t get pleasure from anything; if you are eating too much or getting too little sleep or can’t sleep at all; feel fatigued or if you believe you are experiencing a complete personality change, you might be suffering from clinical depression.

Having a cancer diagnosis, especially of advanced prostate cancer, in and of itself is significant. For many of us, especially as we make our way through the treatment process, clinical depression comes with the territory. But it can be managed.

If you find that you are becoming clinically depressed:

  • Seek the help of a social worker, psychologist and a psychiatrist, one who works with oncology patients. Counseling can:
    • Help you develop ways to cope with your diagnosis.
    • Understand the meaning and implications of your diagnosis.
    • Help you make better treatment choices.
    • Help you manage your feelings.
    • Help you develop better communication skills with your families, friends and healthcare providers.
    • Manage your symptoms, drug side effects, pain and fatigue.
    • Deal with some of the financial burdens you face.
    • Deal with workplace issues resulting from your cancer or its treatments.
    • Understand and devise coping mechanisms to resolve cancer related sexuality issues created by the cancer and its treatments.
    • Develop strategies to enter the post treatment world.
  • Exercise regularly; it has shown to not only to enhance physical health, but also as an excellent way to combat depression. Walk, walk, and walk some more.


There are a number of different way to find an appropriate counselor;

  • Ask your oncologist or their clinical nurse about counseling services available at your hospital or cancer treatment center.
  • Ask your oncologist or clinical nurse for referrals to counselors and counseling services in your community.
  • Contact your health insurance company for a list of counselors