Help! Help! Help! Has anyone heard of anyone "changing" so dramatically after having a gastric bypass? I feel like I am living a nightmare because my family member is 2 years post-op. He went from 420lbs to approx 250lbs, gaining only about 15-20 back at any given time & will lose it again. He has gone from being a caring, family oriented, spiritual, hard working man who LOVED people(kids especially) and life itself. He is now a full-fledged alcoholic-NEVER used to drink, smokes about a pack a day-used to take a week to get a pack down, abandoned wife and kids, isolates himself from the rest of the family, is paranoid that everyone is out to get him, and darn near close to being an atheist! He has even spoken of suicide on occassion. He said he had a premonition prior to being transported to OR that he should not have the surgery. He has not done any follow up care with his MD since 6 months out. Is this an extremely rare effect or is this just not widely reported? Any suggestions?
I've certainly heard of going from the food addiction behavior to another maladaptive addiction behavior after the surgery when huge weight loss is achieved when the psych part is not adequately addressed. I'm just thinking his other problems may have been present long ago and were dealt with very "effectively" with overeating. I've also heard that the surgery and subsequent weight loss success can really shine light on problems in a relationship, if there were indeed problems in the first place.
(What's being an atheist have to do with weight loss?)
Last edit by Baloney Amputation on Oct 5, '09