Depression and Food

Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm not new here, but might as well be, because it's been such a long time since I've participated in SP. I haven't done anything to promote losing weight, if anything I've done the extreme opposite. I don't know what my problem is! I do suffer from clinical major depression which I have had since I was a little kid. I am now almost 52 and still battle this hideous disease. I am not depressed due to some life event (even though I've had my share). I'm just DEPRESSED! It affects every area of my life, but especially eating. I find eating so comforting. It is all I look forward to. It is terrible when you live to eat!!! I have been on many medications and most recently started prozac about a month ago, which aside from other side affects also promotes weight gain. I am packing on the pounds and don't want to be this way! I wish I could find solace from something other than food!!!
I'm sorry for the rambling. I guess I just needed to vent. Depression sucks and really affects my food addiction. Everything I have to do is a push and struggle. Does anyone else feel as I do??? How can I beat this demon? Thanks for reading.
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  • CHRYS13
    As others have commented before me, keep logging on to SparkPeople. Keep blogging, keep posting. I use the planner and add journal entries. Do you enjoy the out-of-doors? I've worked at changing my comfort from food to nature.
    You're in my thoughts and prayers.
    3849 days ago
    Thanks for the understanding and encouraging words, my friends.
    3850 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/20/2009 7:25:25 PM
    Your blog hit home with me too! You are not alone in the battle emoticon
    3850 days ago
  • MARTY19
    As someone who has battled this disease, I can understand where you are. I took meds and then found a wonderful counselor where helped me understand what was going on in my past which in turn helped my climb out of my black hole. It wasn't easy and took a long time but climb out I did.

    3850 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5181124
    My thoughts are with you - you can do this. I have logged on SP and spent several minutes just exploring the site when I am sad or losing faith in myself. I love to read the success stories! I pray that you will find your way. You will be supported here so give it your all.
    3850 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1663600
    Yeah I gained almost 15 lbs while I was on anti-depressants. I decided to stop taking the medications but it's not like the depression went away lol Ironic isn't it? You take anti-depressants and you gain weight which in turn makes you MORE depressed. It's really messed up. emoticon
    3850 days ago
  • ASHESS85
    Don't let the disease/disorder rule you! Just because you are depressed does not mean you have permission to give up! Try to log on SP as much as possible to get encouragment from other team members that are facing the same issues. I think there are even SP teams that are dedicated to depression! I hope this helps and you continue on with your weight loss!
    3850 days ago
    Hi. I haven't posted anything on SP for a few years, but your post got to me. I feel so much as you do when it comes to eating. It is so comforting, especially when having a depressive episode! I am also 52 and have suffered with this stuff since I was about 25. It truly does suck. I don't eat because I'm hungry, I eat just to eat because it comforts me. The other day my therapist asked me a great question..."what comforts you?" That is my homework this week; to determine what, besides food, comforts me. There's no easy answer because food has always been my comfort, since I was little. So I have some work cut out for me this week. I thought it was a great question though, and wanted to share it with you. What comforts you?

    3850 days ago
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