Post-Surgery Depression

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Hi, I just had Jaw arthroplasty surgery 11 days ago. Lately I’ve been crying everyday and just been sad a lot. I’ve been insecure about the scar I have now and the part of my hair the doctor had to shave, it’s under my hair though. I haven’t been up for anything. I canceled on some friends and just lay in my bed cry and want to be alone. I don’t know what’s going on, I wasn’t like this before the surgery. Also I’m worried about going back to school on Monday (my school has nearly 4000 students). I’ve just been feeling overwhelmed. What should I do? Is it normal to feel this way?

A: This is a major surgery and it would make sense that you would have some adjustment time. I would have your parents contact the surgeon and explain what is happening. Often hospitals have follow-up counseling or medicine that can help with the uncomfortable anxiety. This would certainly be normal and my guess is that they will be able to help.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
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APA Reference
Tomasulo, D. (2012). Post-Surgery Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2012/11/08/post-surgery-depression-2/