How Can a Brain Tumour Affect My Mental Health? | Clinical Psychologist | Living With a Brain Tumour

How Can a Brain Tumour Affect My Mental Health? | Clinical Psychologist | Living With a Brain Tumour


One aspect of having a brain tumour for
some people can be seizures and they can be really really scary. They can also be
quite painful and the really tricky thing about them is that they’re
unpredictable. So if somebody has had a seizure in a public place, sometimes
they feel embarrassed, they feel humiliated, they feel unsafe. What if it
happened when they were crossing the road, for example, or looking after a
younger sibling and so that can be enough – having a seizure – to make someone
suddenly feel really low in mood and doubt themselves. Not seeing themselves
as strong and capable, how they perhaps did before. The tumour itself can cause
low mood because of its location. Our brain is heavily involved in regulating
our mood and regulating hormones and nutrients, things like that, that are
directly associated with mood as well. Medication can cause low mood, in fact
some medications are prescribed with an antidepressant because of that. Changes
in relationships, endings to relationships can cause low mood. They
can cause anxiety and the key thing is that anything really can cause us to be
distressed, but it’s what we do with that distress in the early stages that can
matter. So if somebody is is feeling quite low and then they enter a pattern
of thinking that makes them feel worse about themselves, and they stop going out, and they stop physical activity like going for a run, if that’s what they
did every day, that can really spiral and and create quite a hard cycle to break
of low mood. So the narrative that you have around around your distress it’s
really important.

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