Mental Health After Surgery

JerseyGirl2772
on 10/10/20 10:04 am

Hi All.....I am meeting with a surgeon on 11/5 to discuss weight loss surgery options. I've already been pre-approved by my insurance (more just a benefit check).

My biggest question for those who have had surgery is did your mental health improve post surgery? I'm not talking about waking up and all your problems disappeared. I'm mostly wondering about how you felt in regards to your appearance, etc. My mental health is truly suffering with my weight and I'm just curious to hear others opinions.

Thank You.

White Dove
on 10/10/20 12:21 pm, edited 10/10/20 5:22 am

I lost a lot of anxiety and depression along with the weight. Being obese is what had me anxious and depressed.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

JerseyGirl2772
on 10/10/20 2:01 pm

Thank you for your response. I feel like I feel the same way.

hollykim
on 10/11/20 7:54 am - Nashville, TN
Revision on 03/18/15
On October 10, 2020 at 5:04 PM Pacific Time, JerseyGirl2772 wrote:

Hi All.....I am meeting with a surgeon on 11/5 to discuss weight loss surgery options. I've already been pre-approved by my insurance (more just a benefit check).

My biggest question for those who have had surgery is did your mental health improve post surgery? I'm not talking about waking up and all your problems disappeared. I'm mostly wondering about how you felt in regards to your appearance, etc. My mental health is truly suffering with my weight and I'm just curious to hear others opinions.

Thank You.

my excess weight was a hug emotional problem for me and I hated how I looked.

after wls, I feel so much better emotionally and am not ashamed any longer of the way I look.

when I look at old fat pictures, I am truly horrified.

 


          

 

JerseyGirl2772
on 10/11/20 8:25 am

Thank you for your response. That is exactly how I feel. Prior to being so heavy I dealt with anxiety and depression, and since gaining weight it has only made it worse. I am glad to hear you feel relief.

TJFox
on 10/15/20 7:16 am

My mental health improved after my surgery but I have found that anxiety and depression has slowly crept back in. Some of it could be due to isolation and some could be because I am taking care of my father who is very sick and I worry each day if he will still be with us when I wake up. I hope things start getting better for you.

goddessgrrl
on 10/20/20 6:14 am - VA

I had depression and anxiety for decades before my RNY in 2012 when I was 51. So much about losing the weight improved my mental state. I continued to go to a counselor, and I've been going to AA for years (sober since 1986) and continued to go to meetings. I also started going to Overeaters Anonymous about a month after my surgery. Oh my gosh, what a lifesaver! They still have virtual meetings and some in-person meetings. I can't recommend OA enough.

But the depression and anxiety came back because my marriage is very difficult. I've been married for 32 years and it has always been rocky. I MUST directly address this and I have some big decisions to make. I'm having revision surgery on 10/22/2020 and I see that as my first step towards making these big life changes. I lost 127 pounds but have gained back a lot of it. I don't like myself (understatement).

Please be vigilant about counseling and meeting your issues head-on. You are so worth it.

View more of my photos at ObesityHelp.com

 

     

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