- Question from gwja: I am depressed and moody most of the time. I hate my body and all the drugs I have to take, I have no interest in having sex with my husband and the thought of living this way for the rest of my life is more than I can handle. How do I cope with all the changes going on with me?
- Answers - Lidia Schapira You sound overwhelmed. And it seems to me that the illness and/or the treatment have taken a huge toll on your mood, your relationship, and your whole outlook on life. I strongly encourage you to take this seriously and ask your physician for a referral to a psychiatrist. Sometimes support groups and informal help can help women to lift themselves out of this depression, but in this case I do think you need some professional help. I have seen women climb out of this hole and regain interest in life, and I sincerely hope that you will get some help, and start to feel better soon.
- Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. You do not have to cope alone. Asking for help can be difficult, but getting it can help bring you back everything you have been missing.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Coping With Your Changing Feelings and Relationships featured Lidia Schapira, M.D. and moderator Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. answering your questions about facing your fears head-on, handling moodiness and depression, diffusing tension with your partner and feeling close without sexual activity, as well as issues of self-image and femininity.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2006.
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