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Managing Depression After Surgery: Information & Tips To Improve Mood

Battling depression after surgery can throw a wrench into your healing and recovery time.

You’d expect to be a little apprehensive before going under the knife. Who wouldn't be!

But when you’re discharged and back at home, the last thing you expect to deal with is depression, right?


Managing Depression After Surgery: Information & Tips To Improve Your Mood
Managing Depression After Surgery: Information & Tips To Improve Your Mood

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Unfortunately, developing depression after surgery is more common than you’d expect.

Are you about to undergo a surgical procedure? 

Are you currently recovering from surgery and think you may be at risk for developing depression? 

This article can help. 

Depression After Surgery: Is it Really Depression
 or Post-Surgical Recovery?

It’s normal to a little blue after a surgical procedure.  But if you’ve had the following symptoms for more than two weeks following surgery, then it’s a good chance that you’re suffering from post-surgical depression.

  • Eating more or less than what you normally do
  • Sleeping more or less than what is usually do
  • Constant fatigue
  • Being easily irritated
  • Having a hard time making simple decisions
  • Losing interest and motivation in things that once excited you
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Unexpected and frequent crying
  • Thoughts of committing suicide

Record any signs and symptoms and bring them to the attention of your doctor or therapist A.S.A.P.

Possible Causes of Post-Surgical Depression

Unfortunately, there's no known cause of post-surgical depression but there are numerous theories such as:

  • Anesthesia
  • Pain Medication
  • Feeling disoriented after surgery 
  • Medications that cause digestive issues  
  • Post-Surgical Traumatic Stress Syndrome
  • Soreness and pain
  • Being bedridden 

Depression after Surgery:
Procedures Commonly Linked to Depression

Frankly, anyone who undergoes a surgical procedure is at risk for developing depression afterward.  But certain procedures have strong ties to post-surgical depression.

  • Brain surgery
  • Cancer resection
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Heart surgery
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Plastic surgery procedures
  • Vision correction surgery 

Depression after Surgery: Self-Help Tips        

Here are some things you can do to lessen your risk of developing post-surgical depression.  Consider incorporating some, or all, of these tips to help reduce your risk of depression.

Before surgery,  seek the help of a mental health expert to discuss your risk of depression. 

Exercise

It may seem like a chore at times, but exercise should be part of your daily routine.  Regular exercise boosts mood, improves self-esteem and can help with pain. 

Please consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Sorry to sound like an exercise video disclaimer.

If your doctor gives the green light, start with something gentle, don't exert yourself.

Be More Social

Post surgical recovery is tough enough as it is.  Don't go at it alone. Keep friends and family close during your recovery time. If you're feeling depressed, one of the last things you'll feel like doing is being around people. 

Fight that feeling...

Call a friend.  If you're physically up to it, get out of the house and visit people you care about. The emotional support will be worth more than gold during your time of recovery.

Talk to A Professional

Get ahead of depression by making an appointment ahead of time with a therapist to discuss how you're feeling post surgery.  If you can't make the appointment in person, ask your therapist for a telephone session. This can take the physical stress out of having to drive to the appointment.

There's a chance that your mental health professional may determine that antidepressants are necessary to help alleviate your depression.

By the way, there are plenty of natural, drug-free ways to manage depression. 


I hope this article helps you on your journey to better mental health!

Brighter skies are ahead,




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This first installment focuses on the link between exercise, diet and good mental health.

Week 2

I'll talk about the importance of using relaxation techniques to lift your mood and calm your nerves, which in turn improves mental health. 

Week 3

This week all about using self-esteem to improve mental health and overall well-being. 

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