Prostate Cancer Puts You at Risk for PTSD

Prostate Cancer Puts You at Risk for PTSD
Living & Loving with Prostate Cancer In the five years I’ve been corresponding with men diagnosed with prostate cancer, I've never met anyone who received information about the possibility of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer. That's surprising since it’s estimated that as many as one in three cancer survivors suffer from PTSD. The rate of PTSD among cancer patients whose cancer has returned is as high as 81%! I'm at a loss to understand or explain why men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and their caretakers, are kept in the dark about the possibility of developing PTSD. Below is a list of symptoms from that are typical for those who are coping with PTSD: • Nightmares and flashbacks • Avoiding places, events, people, or things that bring back bad memories • Strong feelings of guilt, hopelessness, or shame • Trouble sleeping or concentrating • Continuous feelings of fear or anger • Loss of interest in activities and relationships that used to be enjoyable • Self-destructive behavior, such as drug or alcohol abuse • Frightening or
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Rick Redner received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He has spent many years working as a medical and psychiatric social worker He is the author of the award winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours? His second book Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants won the Beverly Hills International Book Awards in Men's Health in 2016. Additionally, the book was a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

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