Brain tumors, abnormal growths within the brain or its surrounding tissue, have long been recognized for their devastating effects on cognitive and physical functioning. However, the impact of these tumors on mental health has been largely ignored until now. World Brain Tumor Day is observed every year on 8 June to raise awareness about brain tumors and provide support to individuals and families affected by the condition.
Dr. PN Renjen, Senior Consultant, Neurology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, talks about the impact of brain tumor on mental health.
impact of brain tumor on mental health
Dr. Renzen explains, “Brain tumors can have a significant impact on mental health because of interference with the normal functioning of the brain. As the tumor grows, it puts pressure on surrounding areas, causing symptoms such as headaches, seizures, and cognitive impairment.” arise. These physical effects can lead to psychological distress, including anxiety and depression.”
He further added, “The location of the tumor can affect specific areas of the brain responsible for emotion, memory, and decision-making, leading to mood swings, personality changes, and difficulty with concentration and problem-solving. In addition, diagnosis and treatment The process may also contribute to mental health challenges, such as fear, stress, and uncertainty. Recognizing and addressing these mental health impacts is critical to holistically supporting individuals with brain tumors.
How to help loved ones with brain tumor?
“Supporting a loved one with a brain tumor requires both emotional and practical help,” shares Dr. Renzen.
First, provide unwavering emotional support by actively listening to their concerns and providing a safe space for them to express their feelings.
Educate yourself about the situation to better understand their experiences.
– Encourage them to communicate with health professionals and attend appointments.
– Assist with daily tasks and provide assistance as needed.
Additionally, help research treatment options, connect them with support groups, and coordinate with their healthcare team. Show compassion, patience and empathy during their journey, as your unwavering presence can provide immense comfort and strength during this challenging time.
Exercise for brain tumor patients
“Patients with brain tumors can benefit from a combination of physical and mental exercise tailored to their individual needs,” explains Dr. Renzen.
Physical exercise such as gentle aerobic activities, yoga and stretching can improve flexibility, balance and overall well-being.
Mental exercises such as puzzles, memory games, and reading can help stimulate cognitive function and maintain mental acuity. It is important to consult with health professionals and physical therapists to design an exercise regimen tailored to the patient’s abilities and limitations.
Regular exercise may contribute to reducing fatigue, enhancing mood and promoting a sense of control, ultimately improving the quality of life of patients managing brain tumors.