I had depression because I was ill for over 2 years with the opposite problem, chronic diarrhea. I had the j-pouch surgery but it did not cure the depression. I ultimately had to go on antidepressants to cure the depression (which worked amazingly well). Are you taking anything for your depression? You might need long term AD help.
I think all bowel issues are misunderstood and also difficult to talk about unless it's with someone else who has trouble or your doctor.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free