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Depression Symptoms and Eating Habits
 

People will often use the term depressed when they have no idea what the term means medically. The result is that the person who is medically depressed will think, their symptoms are totally different from what they see and hear, and they will try and work out what is wrong with them. They might have heard horror stories from the past and these will keep them from asking for the help they need.  

Each one of us has to learn how to deal with stress in our lives, and we might even have times of depression. How we deal with these times can be important, and often people will turn to food as their source of comfort. Food, stress and depression are linked and there are times when we need to stop and see how we can change the way we react to different situations.  

People who are depressed sometimes find solace in alcohol, but in some cases the drinking eventually becomes habitual and before they know it, they are going to need to be brought to an alcoholism treatment center for rehabilitation.

All of us have to deal with stress, and many people suffer from depression. Food may something that is not on your list of priorities at the moment. The thought of sitting down to a meal or, worse still, having to prepare one, is enough to kill your meager appetite.  

Maybe you are someone who doesn't bother to eat because of your depression. You might be struggling through the day on cigarettes and endless cups of coffee, or even alcohol.  

On the other hand, you could be one of those people who go straight for the fridge or larder the minute you are feeling down. Your day is spent eating vast amounts of filling foods, you eat even if you are not particularly hungry, and hoping that feeling full will dull the pain.

There again you might be someone who will go to extreme and eat nothing all day, but find yourself in the kitchen at two in the morning cooking bacon sandwiches.  

Eating too little or too much is not going to help to make you feel less depressed in fact; it will do just the opposite. If you virtually starve yourself you will feel more tired and listless. You could even end up being physically ill. Overeating will make you uncomfortable and gain weight.  

Every time you look in the mirror and see your pasty face and obese body you will hate yourself. And if your depression has been triggered off by weight problems you will feel even worse and it will be harder to control your urge to stuff.  

First, recognize how useful food is. The right food eaten in the right amounts will give you energy and keep you healthy, and you need both these things now. Food can also be a great comforter. Think back to your childhood and remember how a meal or a particular food could often make you feel so much better. But before you decide what you are going to eat, you need to cope with the problem of how to eat.  

Also, you need to consider how much you are drinking on a daily basis. Too much alcohol can also affect your depression, or cause you to be depressed. As more and more people are turning to alcohol to numb their situation, they are seeing that they will need to drink more to get the same effect, but also their depression could become much worse. An occasional drink won’t hurt you, but drinking to excess every day is likely to make any depression you have a lot worse.

 

Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.

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