A research published in the American Medical Association Journal on January 12 revealed that most people who undergo bariatric surgery often have mental health issues. Apparently, most of them struggle with depression and binge eating.
For the research, 68 studies have been carefully analyzed and the data collected showed that one quarter of the bariatric surgery candidates fought depression or other disorder related to moods. 17% of them suffered from the binge eating disorder. In order for a person to be considered as a candidate for the bariatric surgery, the person needs to have a minimum weigh of 100 pounds and the obese people are the ones that usually opt for it. The results of the study don’t come as a big surprise, since it is expected that the people who are overweight could also be depressed. According to Doctor Aaron Dawes, doctors didn’t know that mental health issues were so common though.
Fortunately, after the surgery was done, the patients didn’t display the same worrying symptoms of depression or binge eating. Even though there are many forms of surgeries that can be done in order to help the obese people lose the weight, all of them limit the food amount that can be eaten. Doctor Dawes said that even though the mental health of the patients changes for the better after the surgery, it is still an important factor to be taken into consideration prior to the bariatric surgery.
Usually, before the bariatric surgery takes place, the mental health of the patient is analyzed by a professional. The professional then advises the surgery team if they should move on or not. Sometimes the patients are scared that their mental problems will stop the surgery from moving forward, but according to experts that is not always the case. For example, a person who has a moderate depression won’t be stopped from having the surgery, but a person that has suicidal thoughts will be.
If the people suffer from binge eating disorder, then the surgery will ease the symptoms, as it has effects on both the hormonal and the nervous systems. The study also showed that the patients who suffered from depression before the surgery, had a great improvement after it. The cases of depression decreased with almost 74% and their symptoms up to 70%.
Even though most people who undergo bariatric surgery often have mental health issues, after the surgery their former issues disappear almost entirely.
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