Depression Following Gastric Bypass Surgery?
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Depression and gastric bypass
Depression is a common problem in patients with morbid obesity. Most patients are happier and feel much better about themselves but it is not uncommon to continue with your anti-depressant medications after surgery.
Shawn Garber, MD FACS
The New York Bariatric Group
Depression after Gastric Bypass
A person's overall sense of well-being is much improved after gastric bypass secondary to weight loss therefore depression is actually uncommon after surgery. BUT if you are taking medications prior to surgery, a patient should continue to take these meds. There are multiple reason's for depression and a chemical inbalance may be one reason which a gastric bypass procedure may not change. Close consultation with a psychiatrist or the doctor prescribing these meds also helps to guide therapy.