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THEENFP SparkPoints: (2,232)
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5/24/12 11:29 A

No, I've been on the Depo Provera and the Epilium for 3+ years now. I got put on a multi vitamin and iron tablet about six months ago that I also have each day, so that's kinda new though.

LISHWA Posts: 900
5/24/12 8:50 A

Are your meds new? I know for a while when I switched my meds I had a hard time eating until my body adjusted to it. I definitely agree with the others about going to the doctors and setting a schedule. It sounds incredibly annoying and counterintuitive but it really is helpful in a depressive episode to force yourself to get up and eat and exercise.

NIRERIN Posts: 11,982
5/24/12 7:21 A

i definitely agree that you need to check in with your doc on most of this stuff.

but i'm going to disagree with the last poster. in college, i kept the sort of strange schedule that meant that you could pick any hour of the day and i was almost as likely to be asleep as awake and if i was awake i was just as likely to have gotten up as to be getting ready to go to bed. this wreaked havoc on my eating habits. i wouldn't get hungry at the right times because i wasn't on a schedule. and all not eating because i wasn't hungry did was distance me from my actual hunger cues. in other words because i was busy or asleep i was missing those first ticklings of hunger cues and wasn't registering any of my hunger cues until the "need food now" screamings. so making myself eat what i was supposed to when i needed to [and holding down a somewhat set schedule] helped this immensely. once i taught myself what i was supposed to be eating when [ie making myself eat] i could get onto a normal schedule and keep it somewhat.

granted if you're talking about an odd day once a month or so, i wouldn't worry about it. but if this is happening more often, you need to address it.

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5/24/12 7:09 A

Two options:

Just don't eat. I try to be intuitive and am thankful for my not hungry days when I have super hungry days. Forcing yourself to eat when you aren't hungry isn't good. Listen to your body.

Or, it could be medical if it lasts a long time. If it is more than a day or two I'd see a doctor. My aunt recently had a serious drop in her hunger levels and was full after two bites or so. Turned out to be cancer that was causing some organ to press on her stomach, making her feel full. While I certainly hope it isn't cancer in your case, it is something to get checked out if it isn't a short term thing.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,447
5/24/12 5:54 A

I agree with the previous poster that it's important to discuss all of this with your doctor. Depression can affect your appetite, sleep cycle, etc., so it sounds like a bigger issue that your doctor might be able to help you find a solution for.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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5/24/12 12:44 A

there are most defiantly a few things in there you should be discussing with your doctor.

Something that might work is making an eating schedule. Set your alarm on your phone to remind you it is time to eat. Even if you don't feel like eating, maybe you could have a meal supplement like a shake. Normally, I don't think that shakes are that great of an option, but in your case they might be alright.

Best of luck

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5/24/12 12:06 A

There are days when I don't feel like eating. Food doesn't appeal to me, my body doesn't seem to have a physical need for hunger, and things I usually enjoy eating don't taste as good. I can go all day just drinking tea and having a few crackers with my pills and I'm fine. Its weird, because the rest of the time, I'm always snacking, thinking about my next meal, wanting to buy treats etc, but there are certain days where food is the furthest thing from my mind, and I have to force myself to eat because I don't want to mess with my metabolism.

Factors
I'm a girl in her early 20s (my friend said girls go through monthly cycles which affects their hunger etc)
I have Bipolar II
I am on the Depo Provera Injection to stop my periods, and am on Epilium for my Bipolar.

Also... No matter how much I sleep lately, it doesn't seem to be enough (go to bed at 9:30pm, struggle to get out of bed, even at 4pm), felt suicidal for a few days/weeks up until a few days ago. I'm not sure if this is relevant, because this hunger thing happens a few times a year whether I'm depressed or not.

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