Depression and Obesity
Depression is an illness that involves mood, thoughts, and even the body. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you perceive things. There are many reasons why people with morbid obesity commonly experience depression. For example, many everyday activities that non-obese people take for granted are challenging for a morbidly obese person. These activities may include walking, social interaction, finding clothes that fit, and fitting in public seats.
How is depression affected by bariatric surgery?
Emotional health goes hand-in-hand with physical health. Lifestyle improvements and renewed health can help resolve depression. Weight loss, combined with counseling, can be very helpful in improving mental health.
What success have patients suffering from depression found through weight loss surgery?
Patients who have had weight loss surgery report improved quality of life, social interactions, psychological wellness, employment opportunities, and economic conditions. Psychological screening before surgery may help prepare you for the changes.