#76 Bariatric Mental Health Q & A #5: Your Questions Answered

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Are you considering bariatric surgery? How do you prepare yourself mentally for this huge decision? Psychologist Dr. Connie Stapleton, who specializes in bariatric surgery, is with me to share 5 ways to help you get in the right mindset.

Hi, I’m registered dietitian nutritionist Dr. Susan Mitchell. You’re listening to the Bariatric Surgery Success podcast episode number 76. Most of my career I’ve worked in some type of media, particularly radio where I did morning drive nutrition spots for over 18 years. That’s what lead me to start podcasting and ultimately to you. I created Bariatric Surgery Success to provide you with life-changing information based on science along with simple strategies and tools to help you be successful in your transformation and your entire journey. So happy you’ve connected with me. You’re in the right place and I’m glad you’re listening.

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Joining me via Skype is Atlanta-based psychologist Dr. Connie Stapleton. Thanks to your requests, Dr. Connie has become a regular guest and she’s here about every six weeks answering your questions. You’ve heard her and know that she has vast experience in the field of weight loss surgery. More importantly, she’s here to help you with your relationship with yourself, family and friends. She teaches you better ways to deal with life’s stuff. You can find links in the show notes to Dr. Connie’s website complete with resources as well as her podcast called BariAftercare.

Dr. Connie's Website: http://www.conniestapletonphd.com

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S: Welcome back to the podcast, Dr. Connie!

Questions I asked her and she answers during the episode:

People are eager to get bariatric surgery as they want to get rid of that stubborn weight they’ve struggled with for so long. But they’re often frustrated with the number of “hoops” as they call them to jump thru in order to be cleared for surgery. What do you, as a psychologist, want patients to know before they have surgery?

Although the size of the stomach changes, the issues from a mental health/brain standpoint haven't changed. What do you see most frequently as issues that still raise their ugly heads?

I have patients ask me: “How can a person regain weight after having bariatric surgery? Doesn’t the fact that they can eat much less food after surgery make it impossible to regain weight?”

What are your top five mental health strategies to help find the right mindset and set you up for success in your upcoming weight loss surgery?

If you have more questions you want Dr. Connie to answer the next time she’s here, please contact me thru my website. You’ll see 'contact us' at the top of the page. You can messenger me thru Facebook as well or reply to one of my newsletters. I read every email that comes in.

Take care of you. You’re worth it!

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