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Question from Ashleigh: Am I going to feel depressed forever? I just can't see any light at the end of the tunnel right now.
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. When you're in the middle of treatment, or at the beginning of the post-treatment period, it can be impossible to see light at the end of the tunnel. When I do support groups, I always include a volunteer who was treated many years ago. Our present volunteer was treated 10 years ago, and she's a sterling example to patients that feelings of depression, fear, and vulnerability do end. No one can give an exact date, and it doesn't happen all at once. But at some point, life returns to normal. Some patients even feel that, given their experience when they get to the other side, they have a greater appreciation of life.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Overcoming Depression featured Rosalind Kleban, M.S.W., Diane S. Thompson, M.D., and Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. answering your questions about medication and lifestyle changes that can ease depression along with to put hope, fun, and pleasure back into your life during and after breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2003.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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