Being diagnosed with mesothelioma can take a toll on your mental health. The uncertainty of life ahead after such a diagnosis, alongside the fact that mesothelioma is a pretty aggressive and deadly form of cancer, can be too much to bear.
It is normal to experience a range of emotions after a mesothelioma diagnosis. You may feel angry, betrayed and in denial, especially if the disease is diagnosed at an advanced stage. However, it is advisable to seek professional assistance if you cannot cope with daily life due to your mental state.
Depression is a real possibility
Patients are at an increased risk of developing various mental issues, such as depression, after a mesothelioma diagnosis. You may be overcome by hopelessness, irritability, and a general lack of enthusiasm toward life as soon as the doctor breaks the news of your condition.
All these are potential indicators of depression, and the earlier you seek help, the better. Counseling, medication and exercise can go a long way in helping you improve and lead a more fulfilling life despite the diagnosis. You will also respond better to treatment if you do not have underlying mental issues holding you back.
You deserve compensation for mental distress
The majority of mesothelioma cases arise from asbestos exposure. As such, you can file a mesothelioma claim and may be entitled to damages if you were exposed to asbestos at your former workplace. The mental anguish and distress endured form part of the compensable damages you can claim.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it helps to understand what you are entitled to in damages for the losses and harm suffered. Getting the compensation you deserve will help you seek quality medical care and improve your overall prognosis.