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depression was posted 11/30/2008 11:10 pm by Pat O.
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I understand. My husband was able to have surgery, and inspite of some complications was bound and determined to recover, prepare for his treatments, and survive. He did everything the doctors told him. Unfortunately he fell into a deep depression during this process. At times he would sit and just stare.....and cry. This board advised me to get him on an antidepressant immediately. I mentioned this to him...and you would have thought I told him to take poison! No way was he taking any such medication! He actually was a bit insulted. He totally refused to even consider he may be depressed.

I finally just called his doctor, explained the situation, and asked him to somehow talk him into taking an antidepressant, any way he could. His doctor is great....he talked him into just trying one, but ONLY because they are known appetitite enhancers...he never once mentioned the depression. Within a few short weeks the difference in my husband was amazing, and he knew it. Funny thing....it's been four years since surgery....his appetite is just fine....and he still takes his antidepressant every day.

Your dad sounds a lot like my husband, so just do what you have to do.

Good Luck,

Pat

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