Receiving a melanoma diagnosis can be an overwhelming and life-altering experience. The emotional rollercoaster that follows can be intense, as individuals navigate through fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. Coping with these emotions is crucial for maintaining mental well-being during the treatment process.
Fear and anxiety is often the first emotion that arises after a melanoma diagnosis. Fear of the unknown, fear of pain, and fear of death can consume one’s thoughts. It is important to acknowledge these fears and seek support from loved ones or professional counselors who can provide reassurance and guidance.
Uncertainty about the future is another common emotion experienced after a melanoma diagnosis. Thoughts about how it will impact relationships, career prospects, and overall quality of life may arise.
In this episode, guest Emily A. Meier, PH.D. talks to Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS about how to deal with the emotional rollercoaster following a melanoma diagnosis—acknowledging fears, managing anxiety through stress-reducing techniques, seeking support from loved ones or professionals when needed, and addressing uncertainties. By actively addressing these emotions head-on, individuals can better cope with their diagnosis while maintaining their mental well-being throughout their treatment journey.
Emily A. Meier, Ph.D. Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Licensed Psychologist PSY25266
Co-Director for Psycho-Oncology Training and Education
Psychiatry & Psychosocial Services
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center