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After Hysterectomy Depression: It's Time to Talk to Someone

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I need to talk to someone about my depression after hysterectomy.Ever since my hysterectomy I've had depression symptoms. I'm thinking it's time to talk to the doctor. How is depression treated? What should I expect?


Depression symptoms following a hysterectomy are common, but if they are persisting for several months afterward, seeing the doctor may be the next best step. You don't need to make an appointment with a psychiatrist. You don't need to drive yourself to a mental institution and check yourself in. You just need to call and make an appointment with your regular medical provider to talk about how you have been feeling.

Your doctor will ask you some easy questions, and may have you fill out a short questionnaire. Even just taking this first step to begin your mission to treat the condition may feel as if part of the burden has already been lifted from your shoulders. You will likely depart from your doctor’s office with sample pills or a prescription in hand, and a renewed enthusiasm for life, because you will understand that you indeed can get to feeling better again.

Medication may take several weeks to reach its full effectiveness, although some patients start to feel relief in just a few days. While taking an SSRI, is it important to maintain your physician-patient partnership with your doctor. When you start to feel better again, don’t stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor. Some SSRIs need to be reduced gradually to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Remember, there is effective help available for depression. See your doctor and take advantage of it! You deserve to be the best “you” that you can be!


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.

03-10-2005 - 08:14 PM


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