Mental and Emotional Health Helps Prevent, Deal With and Beat Cancer
The truth is, that study had serious shortcomings. Firstly, it had used the FACT-G to assess the quality of life among the cancer sufferers, a scale which comprised of only 6 questions. According to John M. Grohol, Psy.D, the CEO and publisher of Psychcentral.com, this is a woefully inadequate measure. According to him, there is no existing scale measuring psychological mental health or emotional wellbeing which only has so few questions, simply because such a scale would be way too shallow in its focus. Emotional wellbeing is, after all, a complex issue, as are outlook and attitude.
Another shortcoming of the study was that it only looked at the emotional states of cancer sufferers at one point in time. Grohol said that “mood is well-known to be a variable, ever-changing component, especially during something like cancer treatment”. Again, the study is inadequate.
How about studies which show that positive emotional and mental health do help?
An Ohio State University study had found that unhappy marriages negatively affected cancer recovery. It had found that female cancer sufferers who were in distressed marriages underwent less physical activity, had higher levels of stress, were slower to recover and also suffered more signs and symptoms of sickness, as compared to the women who were in happy marriages. And these findings applied even after factors such as depression levels, stage of cancer, cancer treatment and other factors which could influence wellbeing were accounted for.
“The quality of the marital relationship may not be the first thing women worry about when they get a cancer diagnosis. But it may have a significant impact on how they cope physically and emotionally. Our results suggest that the increases in stress and other problems that come with a distressed marital relationship can have real health consequences and lead to poorer recovery from cancer,” said Hae-Chung Yang, a research associate in psychology at Ohio State University and co-author of the study.
“Clearly, marital distress is a risk factor for numerous poorer outcomes, and it is never too late to work to improve your marriage, not only for your emotional well-being but also for your health,” Yang also said.
Further, another Ohio State University study also found that psychological counseling may boost breast cancer patients’ likelihood of survival. The researchers discovered that sessions which focused on improving mood, effective coping and altering health behaviors seemed to help lower the patients’ stress levels, thereby helping them to live longer.
So, there you have it. Emotional and mental wellbeing help in every way, preventing cancer, dealing with it, and overcoming and healing from it. Don’t underestimate the power of your mental and emotional health!
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