Bariatric Patients and Depression
I love it when researchers do a study on something most of us already know. I once read of a study where they determined that having children can cause stress. Wow, ya think? I laughed about that one for years, as would anyone who has ever seen children. Yesterday I saw another report that didn’t completely shock me, but it did contain a bit of good news.
MedicalNewsToday.com has an article that found 23% of bariatric patients were affected by a mood disorder before surgery. It also said that rates of depression are higher in bariatric patients than in the “general US population.” I had another “wow, ya think?” moment. I would have guessed it to be much higher. After all, to get approval, most insurance companies require at least one or more medical diagnoses showing weight related health issues.
So now, there we are, severely overweight and just looking for help. We have been trying for years to overcome our weight problem and have found that we need something more than will-power. We are not lazy sloths, as fat shamers like to think. Don’t even get me started on that one. We are admitting that we have a problem and we need help. So, either we cannot afford the surgery because we are too healthy for insurance approval or we have to feel even worse because we do have the additional health issues needed for approval.
See why I thought the percentage would have been higher? I was very unhappy with everything because of being overweight. It’s almost like what came first, the chicken or the egg? I know that there were times I ate more because I felt depressed. But, I know being overweight made me feel more depressed too.
But, there is some good news. This same study also found that, after having bariatric surgery, the same people showed a huge improvement with a decrease in their depression. I am truly glad to see that. I think that we all hope we will feel better after bariatric surgery, but it is nice to see that researchers have finally now confirmed it.