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Is there any depression associated w/partial hysterectomy? like from a loss aspect? just trying to prepare for mine next month..diagnosed w/bipolar 2

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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There can be: Some women I have treated feel a deep sense of loss following their loss of potential to have any more children. Some who were sexually abused as children may have a completely separate set of dynamics surrounding the loss. If you are fearing a grief reaction it might be best to process this with a therapist even prior to surgery.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Possible / unlikely: Most women do not experience depression due to a hysterectomy, but that is possible. That happens most often when the woman really doesn't want to have a hysterectomy. Many women feel better after their hysterectomy.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 years experience
Only Slight Risk: Any life stressor can trigger a depressive episode, so it depends on how emotionally &/or physically stressful the event will be for you. You are wise to plan ahead. If you are filled with fear/anticipation for the surgery, you might consider talking with your psychiatrist to briefly boost up your antidepressant dose to protect your stability and wound healing.

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