Depression and obesity
Stress, fear, bad eating habits, lack of exercise - these are the first steps towards obesity. But not only that, the Bad Four can also lead you to a depressive disorder.
When you start gaining weight, you become depressed by the fact itself. You feel guilty, ugly, lack of self-confidence, feeling like you've lost control of your life.
If you are depressed and are taking antidepressants as part of depression treatment, they can also help you gain weight. Ask your doctor to make sure you are taking the right medication.
In addition, one of the symptoms of depression is weight gain because you cannot stop eating because you need comfort.
Being overweight causes you to withdraw from friends and family, as well as your community, because you are often judged by your weight. There is a whole social stigma about obesity - obese people find it harder to find a job, participate in community activities, and live fully because they are less mobile. It's no wonder that obesity and depression often occur together.
There are many things you can do to help your obesity that leads to depression OR depression that leads to obesity
1. Get help from a specialist in your depression. Get to the bottom of your problems and take control of your life by fighting them.
2. Diet not as ridiculous as it sounds. A strict diet won't make you depressed, especially if you give up and feel guilty about your failure. You also lack important vitamins and minerals to fight your depression (vitamin B, fish oil, etc.).
3. Instead, try reducing your calorie intake to 1,500 a day by replacing high-calorie foods with low-fat alternatives, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and a healthier selection of sweets. So you can lose weight slowly but healthy instead of going on a yo-yo diet.
4. If you have too much fun, do not feel guilty, but create a counterweight - long walks for a chocolate rush, a big house cleaning for a huge pizza, etc. You will do your important exercises, burn your calories, speed up your metabolism and feel happier and more energetic.
5. Practice anyway, it releases happy hormones into your body and you will generally feel better. Just find something you like.
6. Do not feel obliged to remain alone in your fight, to involve your friends and relatives, to join a group or an online forum. Share your fight and find support from others who are going through the same thing. This will be of great help.
7. Drink lots of water, it will fill your stomach, you will feel less hungry and more hydrated. It will do wonders for your skin too!
If anyone has experience fighting depression and obesity, please let us know.
Antidepressants - How To Choose The Best For You?
Hello everybody! Today I plan to review some of the most popular antidepressants.
When you go to the doctor, he uses an organization chart for you - a kind of chart with questions and two answers that lead to different questions and answers and ultimately make you choose the right type of antidepressant.
The doctor will try to determine your type of depression to narrow the list of antidepressants.
For example, doctors prefer to take medications such as Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline) and Celexa (citalopram) first. These are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that simply increase serotonin levels in your brain. They are quite old-fashioned and can cause nausea, drowsiness, insomnia, weight gain and inability to orgasm. On the other hand, they work very well in people with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Medicines such as Effexor (venlafaxine) and Cymbalta (duloxetine), selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), not only increase serotonin levels in your brain, but also norepinephrine, which can relieve chronic pain. They are good when you feel sluggish because they give you more energy. But be careful, they can raise your blood pressure, cause excessive sweating and nausea.
NRIs (norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) such as Wellbutrin (bupropion) and Strattera (atomoxetine) do not treat serotonin, but help with ADHD, give more energy, fight chronic fatigue. Bupropion can actually be given to people who want to quit smoking, as well as for depression. These side effects include nausea, stomach upset, dry mouth, but usually no weight gain.
Elavil (amitriptyline), one of the tricyclic antidepressants, works on a few different neurotransmitters and is usually given to people with severe insomnia during sedation. Nowadays, it is rarely used in the treatment of depression because it causes a number of serious side effects, including weight gain.
MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) like Nardil (phenelzine) block the destruction of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine and are considered very effective, but I think they should be given in hospitals because they have very dangerous interactions with other medications and some common foods can have.
Overall, the doctor will try to choose something that best suits your symptoms. If you are overweight, you are unlikely to take medications that make the problem worse. However, if you are anorexic, your doctor may give you medication to help you stabilize your weight. If you want to quit smoking, you can also take bupropion.
Are any of you taking these drugs? What is your experience