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How to deal with the anxiety and depression after surgery?

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Dr. Craig Westin
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
Get support: It is normal to experience anxiety and depression after surgery but not fun to cope with. Your body has undergone quite a bit of stress and it is trying to recover. Your emotional and physical energy comes from the same area so a drain on this energy from surgery affects how you feel. Talk with people in your support system and talk with your physician if it continues to worsen.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How can I deal with anxiety and depression?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Psychotherapy + meds: Both depression and anxiety are highly treatable with psychotherapy and medications. Cognitive behavioral therapy in particular has good results with both depression and anxiety. There are also medications that can effectively treat both simultaneously. Talk with your doctor and being the talk therapy process with a mental health profession. Delay in treatment exacerbates the problems.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What's a good way to address the anxiety and depression after surgery?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Start w a medical: Eval. It may uncover medical issues that need to be addressed. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Spend time with friends and stay active.

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