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Has anyone suffered from depression after gastric bypass, not just sad about not being able to eat like I used too but depressed. I have been having insomnia too. I’ve read that tryptophan might help, I feel better after taking a lot more Vitamin D beings I was deficient before my surgery. Has anyone suffered from this or tried tryptophan supplements? Any ideas ?

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As you lose weight, the chemicals and hormones that were stored in your fat cells are being released into your body. These will pass through your kidneys and are expelled in your urine or your sweat. But they can generate a flush of hormones during the weight loss phase. They should simmer down once you transition into maintenance. It is important to meet your daily Fluid requirements, because it take fluids to flush these hormones from your system.

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As you lose weight, the chemicals and hormones that were stored in your fat cells are being released into your body. These will pass through your kidneys and are expelled in your urine or your sweat. But they can generate a flush of hormones during the weight loss phase. They should simmer down once you transition into maintenance. It is important to meet your daily Fluid requirements, because it take fluids to flush these hormones from your system.



Thank you for your response, with more Vitamins and sleep the last couple days I’m feeling a lot better. I am going to try really hard with the fluids :)


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I hated that stage. It does get better. Try to keep a positive attitude the best that you can. It is rough and those around you don't always know how to treat you or what to say to you after the surgery. Rumors may spread (like one of them that went around about me being "sick") but you did this for you. You should feel great about yourself and what you have done. It isn't the "easy way out" that some ignorant people will say. Be proud, and just remember that your WLS family will always be here to listen and offer advise on how we handled our new lives after WLS.

Please feel better.

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I had a sleeve done but yes, lot of people go through a depression phase. My surgery had some complications so it took longer to bounce back. It's easy to get down when you're limited on what you can do and eating/drinking is a chore. More so since we've all obviously struggled with food and not being able to go back to old (bad) habits of eating when feeling down makes it all the more difficult. Try to keep yourself as busy as possible. Whether reading a book, doing what activities you can (hell I remember being happy to run the vaccum when I finally had enough energy), or any other hobby it helps to keep yourself occupied. By the end of my 2 1/2 weeks off of work I was pretty miserable being at home that long.

The upside is that it will get better. As you heal up and it gets easier to eat/drink more and you can start adding more foods into your diet you'll see a big upswing in your mood.

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supplements can help but I can not stress enough how helpful therapy is during this transition. They can walk with you through the highs and lows and help you make sense of some of the upcoming changes we will all be going through.

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I had a sleeve done but yes, lot of people go through a depression phase. My surgery had some complications so it took longer to bounce back. It's easy to get down when you're limited on what you can do and eating/drinking is a chore. More so since we've all obviously struggled with food and not being able to go back to old (bad) habits of eating when feeling down makes it all the more difficult. Try to keep yourself as busy as possible. Whether reading a book, doing what activities you can (hell I remember being happy to run the vaccum when I finally had enough energy), or any other hobby it helps to keep yourself occupied. By the end of my 2 1/2 weeks off of work I was pretty miserable being at home that long.

The upside is that it will get better. As you heal up and it gets easier to eat/drink more and you can start adding more foods into your diet you'll see a big upswing in your mood.


Thank you so much! I do feel better when I do things, like I finally got my house clean and have been working out. I was out of work for almost two months since I’m a correctional officer and I think that’s when my depression was the worst. It was bad the last few weeks but I got a sun lamp, have been taking all my Vitamins plus a few and I am really feeling better. It’s weird like the doctors know what they are talking about haha, I really appreciate you taking the time to type this message! It’s nice having people who understand and are non judge mental [emoji7]


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I hated that stage. It does get better. Try to keep a positive attitude the best that you can. It is rough and those around you don't always know how to treat you or what to say to you after the surgery. Rumors may spread (like one of them that went around about me being "sick") but you did this for you. You should feel great about yourself and what you have done. It isn't the "easy way out" that some ignorant people will say. Be proud, and just remember that your WLS family will always be here to listen and offer advise on how we handled our new lives after WLS.
Please feel better.


Thank you so much ! It will s definitely not an easy way out and much harder than I ever expected! I have been trying to eat a little more healthy carbs and more supplements and am feeling better. I need to work on getting my Water and Protein in on my days off, it’s easier at work when it’s all right in front of me in my lunch box. I love that you said WLS family ! That made me feel really good, I just now joined and wish I had this amazing support system the whole time [emoji7][emoji173]️ thank you for your wonderful message, I am really feeling so much better. I think the change with the surgery, diet, my boyfriend left me because he said I was losing weight to look good for other guys (he’s an idiot) things were really hard, but I really am feeling better. I love your guys!


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That’s actually a really good idea! I felt like I kinda went crazy for a little bit after my surgery, I feel more grounded now, less anxious and depressed but I think the therapy might help, I will look into it [emoji41]


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Yes! I just got through my depressed stage. I was actually suicidal. I actually blame my pickyness on my survival (I'm picky about schools and I want my daughter to enroll in a certain school.)

I'm back on Zoloft (couldn't tolerate Ground or liquid version) which probably helps.
Therapy is helping me sort things out.

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CW: 340
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For those of you who experienced depression after surgery, when did it occur? I have depression and am on a good regimen of medication and weekly therapy now, and things have been better for me these last 18-24 months than they ever have in my adult life. (I'm 43.) My mood does dip down, far down sometimes, but I am able to bounce back much quickly and keep positive habits -- eating well, exercising, etc. -- while I'm down. I'm worried about what may happen with my depression after surgery, especially assuming I will need to take my medications in a different form. I'd appreciate any insight on timing so I can prepare.

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