Understanding And Helping With Post Surgery Depression

Last Update on May 19, 2022 : Published on October 12, 2020
Understanding And Helping With Post Surgery Depression

Recovering from any kind of surgery can take time and is often uncomfortable. For many people, recovery is distressing which can develop into depression and anxiety. Unhealthy mental issues can be dangerous and harmful to the recovery process post-op. Understanding depression for such cases is a serious and important issue that cannot be neglected.

Some causes of post-surgery depression can be:

  • Chronic pain
  • Reactions to certain medicines
  • Restrictions on physical activities
  • Concerns on recovery
  • The guilt of depending on others

Many surgeries are complicated with higher risks and their recovery time may vary. That can also be a factor for depression.

Symptoms of Post-Surgery Depression

To examine if a person is suffering from post-surgery depression, you can look for signs such as:

  • Excessive sleeping or insomnia
  • Irritable mood
  • Loss of interest
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Loss of appetite

While some of these symptoms can be after-effects of pain medications, you should still look out for other signs of depression, stress, and anxiety. If the symptoms remain for longer than a few weeks, consult your doctor or a therapist for help.

Coping with Post-Surgery Depression

To help someone with post-surgery depression, you can:

  1. Consult a doctor – Requesting help from a professional healthcare provider can help with the needed post-operative care. You can also ask for natural supplements if prescribed medications are the cause of depression.
  2. Go out more – Catching a breath of fresh air is a very effective way to manage depression. Try to spend some time outside your room. Walking in the garden can also help with mobility post-op.
  3. Think positive – Set goals for the future and try to think positively. Try focusing on long term recovery rather than feeling discontentment.
  4. Exercise – Regular physical exercise will help speed up the recovery process. Consult a physiotherapist and make regular appointments.
  5. Eat healthily – Eating lots of fruits and vegetables rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals will help in getting the required nutrients to the body. Drink plenty of water and avoid carbonated and alcoholic beverages.

It is always advisable to understand the signs of post-surgery complications and depression. Try to stay positive and be patient. Form a routine and stick to it and maintain regular exercise and diet plans. Do not shy away from asking for help.

Sometimes the inner wounds hurt deeper than the ones on the outside. Depression can drain energy and can leave one tired and exhausted – mentally and physically. Find the best treatment to help cope with the feeling of hopelessness and worthlessness post-op.

About The Author

Swarnakshi Sharma
Swarnakshi Sharma

Swarnakshi is a content writer at Calm sage, who believes in a healthier lifestyle for mind and body. A fighter and survivor of depression, she strives to reach and help spread awareness on ending the stigma surrounding mental health issues. A spiritual person at heart, she believes in destiny and the power of Self. She is an avid reader and writer and likes to spend her free time baking and learning about world cultures.


  1. Kerin

    I am sharing this article with my aunty who is concerned about the scars that surgery left. Thanks!

  2. Aditi Singh
    Aditi Singh

    Surgery can be mentally as well as physically challenging, not many of us are aware of this. As you have covered this topic, I will definitely recommend it to my friends.

  3. Jade

    I agree with you. Surgery can leave a lasting impact on a person's mental and physical health. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  4. Akshita

    Surgeries are somehow long lasting due to the leftover scars. I'll surely share this with the one in need.

  5. CHTN

    This is when you need people who can excite you & amaze you.. not the ones who constantly make you remember that you has a surgery. an amazing & informative article to make all of us understand how it can affect us

  6. Pixie Dust
    Pixie Dust

    Thank you for this beautiful piece. I am overwhelmed.

  7. lara methew
    lara methew

    surgery affects our mental and physical health, even sometimes people go into depression. your article is really helpful to defeat it

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