Home Care Management of Depression

Cancer brings many changes to a person’s life.  If you have been sad for an extended period of time or  are having trouble performing your day-to-day activities, you may be experiencing depression.  Depression is common among individuals with cancer.  Depression can cause distress, difficulty with regular activities, and difficult following planned treatment.  There are many different ways in which to assist with depression and improve quality of life.


Homecare Instructions

  • Attempt to do the majority of your sleeping at night
  • Avoid daytime naps in excess of 45 minutes
  • Perform regular exercise
  • Try to schedule routine daily activities such as meals, exercise, work, naps, etc
  • Perform activities that bring you joy and cause you to feel useful
  • If prescribed an antidepressant, take it on a routine basis and avoid skipping doses
  • Keep regularly scheduled appointments for counseling
  • Understand that treatment for depression may take weeks to bring about improvements such as;
    • Better sleeping patterns
    • Decrease in moodiness
    • Ability to focus on tasks
    • Ability to cope with stress
    • Ability to think positively
    • Enjoyment of living


Report the Following Problems

  • Ongoing sad or “empty” mood lasting more than 5 days
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in almost all activities most of the time
  • Significant weight loss or decrease in appetite
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Altered sleep patterns
  • Feeling of worthlessness or helplessness
  • Immediately report thoughts of death or suicide