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If you are depressed you might find that you gain weight. Many people feel physically and emotionally exhausted after treatment for cancer. For some people these feelings persist for several weeks or more and they become depressed|.
Increased appetite and weight gain can be a physical symptom of depression. Other symptoms can include feeling low in mood, feeling helpless or hopeless, or constantly focusing on worries.
Depression can usually be treated successfully. The first step to feeling better is getting appropriate help. Speak to your GP or cancer specialist - they can tell you what help is available and arrange for you to see a counsellor or psychologist. Sometimes treatment with antidepressant drugs may be recommended.
If you have depression and need to talk to someone, you can call us|.
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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