Psychiatrist Questions Depression

Can a person have depression after surgery?

My mother had surgery on her back about 3 weeks ago. Lately, she has been extremely depressed which is definitely unusual for her. Can this be due to the surgery? What can be done to help her?

3 Answers

Yes, this could be due to her surgery or be a side effect of pain meds.
Surgery can cause the body to release adrenocortical steroids resulting in depression. Would think she’s also in pain and suggest regular (four times a day) doses of 1000 mg Tylenol for, say, two weeks. This should run it’s course as she heals
Yes. It’s very possible. Please make an appointment with a psychiatrist.