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Post-Surgery Depression

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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?

Post-Surgery Depression

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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
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Post-Surgery Depression

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

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Post-Surgery Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 22, 2019, from
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