Anxiety & Depression
Diagnosis of a brain tumour, even though not cancerous, can cause a great deal of anxiety for those affected. That anxiety can be caused by just knowing there is a tumour there in the brain, uncertainty about its size and rate of growth, if there is indeed any, the dilemma of the treatment management options available, any risk factors associated with treatment interventions, and the possibility of incurring complications.
It is not uncommon for anxiety to remain over a course of time, especially throughout periods of perceived treatment inaction and in between scanning as part of the Watch and Wait approach.
Some patients may find they are affected by depression following the diagnosis of an acoustic neuroma, particularly if their symptoms significantly interfere with their quality of life.