Why is there a psychologist interview before the operation?
Obesity is a serious health problem and affects people physically, psychologically and socially. For this reason, it is important for us to treat you in a holistic way and to feel healthy in every aspect.
Before the interview, we apply some psychological tests to determine whether you have any psychological disorders and measure your mental readiness for the surgery. These tests also show us how anxious you are. In this way, our Psychologist determines your anxiety level, and she applies some breathing exercises and relaxation techniques patients with high anxiety levels and provides them to relax.
During the interview, one of the goals of the Psychologist interview is to raise “psychological awareness” as well as to alleviate surgery anxiety.
- To determine the psychological reasons underlying negative eating behavior,
- Presence of any psychological condition that causes obesity (trauma, grief, eating disorders),
- Psychological and social difficulties caused by obesity in a person’s life
By revealing psychological awareness, you are helped to get rid of dysfunctional thoughts against eating and to get away from the “obese brain” by making you realize the damages of overweight and unhealthy eating. If it is determined that a psychological reason underlies your negative (unhealthy) eating behavior during the psychological awareness process, you may have an “eating disorder”.
- Emotional eating
- Night eating syndrome
- Binge eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa (eating-taking out)
It is one of the most common eating disorders in patients with obesity problems. Although these disorders can occur mostly after a psychological trauma as well as genetic and environmental factors, they can also occur in people with depression and anxiety disorders. Our psychologist makes this determination during the interview and informs you whether you need post-operative psychological support. Not to ignore this, to get psychological support during your strict diet process after surgery, will prevent you from gaining weight again after reaching your ideal weight and will ensure a healthy relationship with meals.
Should I get psychological support after the surgery?
Before the operation, our psychologist makes the above mentioned determinations and tells who needs psychological support after surgery. If you’ve been told, make an appointment. In the slimming process;
- Lack of impulse control
- Inability to self-regulation,
- Lack of motivation
People with a history of psychopathology (post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, depression, eating disorders) may have difficulties in maintaining a diet and return to the old eating behavior after reaching the ideal weight. In order to prevent these, getting psychologist support will be one of the most important investments you make in yourself in your new life.