Possible to not have anger and depression?

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Question from Kate: It's been three months since my diagnosis. I haven't cried, or felt sorry for myself, or asked, "Why me?" Friends and family think I'm in denial, but I think I'm handling it really well. Is it possible to skip the anger and depression typically associated with a new diagnosis or am I kidding myself?
Answers - Lidia Schapira  I think you may be coping just fine. You may be engaged in a process of sorting through your treatment options, and actively taking treatment, and doing everything you can to get better. If you are able to come to terms with the situation, and name your emotions, and don't feel the need to cry, then hang in there! And don't be surprised if perhaps the tears come later. There is no set formula for how to cope, and perhaps your friends and family may expect a different reaction from what they're seeing, but nothing in your statement suggests to me that you're not coping well.

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.

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