Depression and Anxiety

Feeling sad or helpless is normal when facing cancer. Some medicines such as steroids (prednisone) can add to these feelings. Depression involves feelings of hopelessness or despair that don't go away. These feelings may interfere with activities and relationships. Other symptoms of depression can include loss of appetite, changes in sleep patterns, lack of energy, and inability to focus. If you have had symptoms of depression or have been on antidepressants before in your life, be sure to tell your doctor, nurse, or social worker.

Important signs and symptoms to report to your doctor or nurse:

  • Experiencing feelings that interfere with your ability to care for yourself
  • Feeling sad most of the time for several days
  • Having mood swings that you cannot control
  • Thinking about hurting yourself

What you can do:

  • Allow yourself to feel sad at times.
  • Get help when needed. Ask the doctor or nurse to refer you to a social worker who can help treat your depression.
  • Talk about your feelings with someone who listens (family, friends, or a volunteer).
  • Talk to spiritual advisors from your church and community.
  • Talk with other patients in your situation (support groups, phone contacts, or Internet chat rooms).
  • Talk with your health care provider about acupuncture as a way to manage related symptoms such as insomnia and distress. Call or visit the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness-Survivorship Center for more information about this treatment. 

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Patient and Family Support Services

Becoming a caregiver can be a difficult transition. It is very common to feel confused and stressed as roles and life change due to new responsibilities. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) offers Patient and Family Support Services that can help cancer patients and their loved ones cope with the emotions and life changes brought about by a cancer diagnosis. HCI staff can help patients and their caregivers in the following ways:

  • Assist with hospital services, accessing community resources, and addressing other practical needs
  • Collaborate and consult with doctors, nurses, and other medical care providers to enhance comprehensive, holistic care
  • Help with advanced health care directives such as a living will and medical power of attorney
  • Meet with individuals, couples, and families
  • Teach stress reduction skills and other mind-body techniques to aid the healing process

 

Anxiety is common in people who are facing new or stressful situations. It is also normal to feel anxious when facing a life-threatening illness. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) offers many resources to help manage anxiety and other cancer-related side effects.

Call the clinic or hospital if any of these symptoms occur:

  • Feeling like something bad is going to happen
  • General feelings of dread, panic, or nervousness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shaking
  • Sweaty palms

Some of these symptoms can also be caused by cancer treatments, so it is important for patients to tell the doctor about any symptoms.

What you can do:

  • Get educated. If something about your treatment causes anxiety, ask the clinic for more information. If concerns about treatment side effects arise, ask the nurse or doctor how to manage them.
  • Get help when needed. Ask the doctor or nurse to refer you to a social worker who can help treat your anxiety.
  • Practice ways to relax, such as deep breathing and meditation. Visit the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness-Survivorship Center or the G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center for more information about relaxation methods.
  • Remember that anxiety is a normal part of coping with cancer. Over time, it should get better.
  • Talk with your health care provider about acupuncture as a way to manage related symptoms such as insomnia and distress. Call or visit the Wellness-Survivorship Center for more information about this treatment.
  • Think about activities or memories that are pleasant and relaxing.

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Patient and Family Support Services

Becoming a caregiver can be a difficult transition. It is very common to feel confused and stressed as roles and life change due to new responsibilities. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) offers Patient and Family Support Services that can help cancer patients and their loved ones cope with the emotions and life changes brought about by a cancer diagnosis. HCI staff can help patients and their caregivers in the following ways:

  • Assist with hospital services, accessing community resources, and addressing other practical needs
  • Collaborate and consult with doctors, nurses, and other medical care providers to enhance comprehensive, holistic care
  • Help with advanced health care directives such as a living will and medical power of attorney
  • Meet with individuals, couples, and families
  • Teach stress reduction skills and other mind-body techniques to aid the healing process

 

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Locations
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 583-2500

Specialties: Psychiatry

James C. Ashworth, M.D.

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University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 581-7951

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(801) 581-5515
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 587-3423

Specialties: Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Ellois Bailey, M.S.

Locations
Redwood Health Center (801) 213-8841
South Jordan Health Center (801) 213-4500

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

Roxanne L. Bartel, M.D.

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Deborah Bilder, M.D.

Locations
(801) 581-5515

Specialties: Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Robert D. Birch, D.O.

Locations
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 583-2500

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

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Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Katie L. Carlson, M.D., M.S.

Specialties: Addiction Psychiatry, Adult Behavioral Health, Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Psychiatry

Paul J. Carlson, M.D.

Locations
University Hospital (801) 581-7951
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 583-2500

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Benjamin R. Chan, M.D.

Specialties: Autism, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Mood Disorders, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Thomas Conover, M.D.

Locations
University Neuropsychiatric Institute

Specialties: Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

David L. Corwin, M.D.

Specialties: Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child, Psychiatry, Forensic

Laura A. Czajkowski, Ph.D.

Locations
Sleep-Wake Center (801) 581-2016
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 583-2500

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Chronic Pain, Health Psychology, Psychology, Reproductive Psychology, Sleep Medicine

Traci L. David, M.D.

Specialties: Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Sheila Deyette, Ph.D., APRN, PMHCNS-BC

Locations
Redwood Health Center (801) 213-8841
South Jordan Health Center (801) 213-4500

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Francis M. Filloux, M.D.

Locations
Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 213-3599
Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building (801) 213-3599
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 213-3599

Specialties: Neurology, Pediatric Neurology, Psychiatry

Austin P. Francom, APRN

Locations
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 585-1421

Specialties: Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatry

Martin Freimer, M.D.

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Matthew M. Gaines, D.O.

Locations
University Hospital (801) 581-7952

Specialties: Psychiatry

Paula Gibbs, M.D.

Locations
University Hospital (801) 581-7952

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Lisa L. Giles, M.D.

Locations
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 313-7711

Specialties: Pediatric Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Laura Gilley, M.D.

Specialties: Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Elizabeth F. Howell, M.D., M.S.

Specialties: Addiction Psychiatry, Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Jessica Z. Howsley, M.D.

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Jason W. Hunziker, M.D.

Locations
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 585-1575

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Ernest Jeremy Kendrick, M.D.

Specialties: Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Pediatric Behavioral Health, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Douglas G. Kondo, M.D.

Locations
Brain Institute (801) 587-1549
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 583-2500
Veterans Administration Medical Center (801) 582-1565

Specialties: Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Sebastian Kreitschitz, M.D.

Locations
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 583-2500

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Benjamin Lewis, M.D.

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Gina Lewis, M.D.

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Melissa P. Lopez-Larson, M.D.

Specialties: Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Michael R. Lowry, M.D.

Locations
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 587-3117

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Kelly J. Lundberg, Ph.D.

Specialties: Psychiatry

Rachele M. McCarthey, M.D.

Locations
(801) 585-1212

Specialties: Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

J. Michael McIntosh, M.D.

Locations
University Hospital (801) 581-7951

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Forensic

William M. McMahon, M.D.

Specialties: Psychiatry

Matthew L. Moench, M.D.

Locations
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 585-1212

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

David Moulton, M.D.

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Forensic

Brad Murray, M.D.

Locations
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 583-2500

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Akiko Okifuji, Ph.D.

Locations
Pain Management Center (801) 581-7246

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Chronic Pain, Psychology, Clinical

Paul Olavson, M.S., APRN

Locations
Redwood Health Center (801) 213-8841
South Jordan Health Center (801) 213-4500

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health

Julie H. Oldroyd, M.D., B.S., M.D.

Specialties: Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Duy Pham, M.D.

Specialties: Addiction Psychiatry, Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Imran Raja, M.D.

Specialties: Psychiatry

Perry F. Renshaw, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Specialties: Psychiatry

Mark Rindflesh, M.D.

Specialties: Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Steven M. Ross, Ph.D.

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychology

Kalyani Samudra, M.D.

Locations
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 583-2500

Specialties: Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Thomas Schenkenberg, Ph.D.

Locations
Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-7422

Specialties: General Neurology, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Psychiatry

Leonard J. Schmidt, M.D.

Locations
University Neuropsychiatric Institute (801) 583-2500

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

L. Kristin Shadow, M.D.

Specialties: Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Scott R. Stiefel, M.D.

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child

Paul D. Thielking, M.D.

Locations
Huntsman Cancer Hospital (801) 213-4246

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Pain Medicine & Palliative Care, Psychiatry

Michael J. Voss, D.O.

Locations
University Hospital (801) 581-7952

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Rachel A. Weir, M.D.

Locations
(801) 585-1212

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Paul H. Wender, M.D.

Specialties: Psychiatry

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