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Depression Symptoms after Hysterectomy

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Depression Symptoms after hysterectomyI understand that natural menopause, surgical menopause, hormonal imbalances, emotional trauma of needing surgery or of dealing with a cancer diagnosis can all trigger depression. How do I know if I have depression?


There are many factors—mental, physical, and emotional—that can trigger depression after a hysterectomy. Some women grieve the loss of their womb. Some feel like they've lost part of their femininity. Others have hormonal imbalances that can cause depression symptoms.

Depression can range from situational depression to major depression, also known as clinical depression. Both are characterized by the same symptoms, but symptoms are more intense in clinical depression, and they last a lot longer.

Here are some symptoms to watch out for and include in your symptom diary after hysterectomy:

Emotional symptoms:
  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness
  • Numbness or indifference
  • Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy (including sex)
  • Irritability or anxiety
  • Trouble making decisions; lack of concentration
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Thoughts of death and suicide
Physical symptoms:
  • Headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Muscle aches and joint pain
  • Chest pain
  • Digestive problems
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Sleeping problems
  • Change in appetite or weight
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

You may find that you are suffering from both anxiety and depression, which can increase the severity of your symptoms.

If you have a combination of these symptoms you should discuss it with your health care provider and determine if therapy, medication, or a combination of both can help you manage and overcome this medical condition.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-21-2009 - 05:51 PM


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