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Antidepressants and cancer

If depression or anxiety is severe or doesn’t settle over time, antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication can be very effective, in combination with other treatments such as relaxation therapy.

There’s no evidence that antidepressants are addictive, and most people will only require this medication for a few months, but sometimes it can be longer depending on the individual person’s situation. Most of the medication for anxiety will only be used for a few weeks. Needing medication doesn’t mean a person is ‘weak’ or ‘crazy’, and many people who have taken medication feel so much better that they wish they had started treatment earlier.