This tweet came across my screen this afternoon and I replied (see above) before thinking the matter through. My answer was immediate, obvious and self-contained. If you follow @jbbc on Twitter and her blog at Journey Beyond Breast Cancer, you know that breast cancer and depression -- cancer and depression - is a topic we need to keep under bright lights. In fact, in my mind's eye oncologists should screen for depression at every foll0w-up appointment in the same way they ask about current pain (ranked on a scale from one to ten)(.
The question from Newsweek today: In 6 words, tell us your thoughts on the effectiveness of antidepressants. Reply @Newsweek, or email us at email@example.com
How much of a stigma do you believe still surrounds mental illness?
What percentage of cancer survivors do you think have experienced depression at some point in their recovery?