Multiple Myeloma Anxiety and Depression

Coping With Anxiety and Depression

Multiple myeloma may affect you both physically and emotionally. It’s normal to feel sad, worried, or scared of the unknown.

But ongoing or overwhelming feelings of fear, upset, and worry (anxiety) and feelings of deep ongoing sadness (depression) can be serious for some people.

If you find that feelings of anxiety or depression make it hard for you to concentrate, sleep, eat, or work, speak with your healthcare team right away.

Some signs of anxiety and depression

Tell your doctor if—and how often—you experience any of the following:

  • Feelings of panic or being easily upset
  • Feelings of being in low spirits, or blue
  • Shaking or trembling of your arms and/or legs
  • Trouble sleeping at night
  • Increased irritability
  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness) for no apparent reason

Remember, only your doctor can diagnose and help you to address ongoing anxiety and depression.

Get the support you need

Joining a support group is a great way to connect with myeloma survivors and caregivers.

Find a support group near you >

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Your healthcare team is your best source of information.