By Kathryn Tiffany, MS LAC

 When I get depressed I don’t want to eat at all, why is this?

Sometimes when you are depressed, your appetite suppresses and you may have little motivation to prepare balanced meals. You can also become more lethargic so this leads to a decrease in drive to eat. Other studies show that when you are depressed some foods can seem less appetizing.

When I get depressed I eat too much, why is this?

Sometimes when you are depressed you may tend to eat more because it can provide a temporary high.  Some people get a rush of dopamine (pleasure chemical) to the brain when presented with certain foods.

Is my depression related to weight gain?

Depression can be related to weight gain, only if you are using food as a coping mechanism for your depressive symptoms. Weight gain and depression can be related as part of a vicious cycle. For example, you are depressed so you eat, now you have gained weight and you are depressed because of the weight gain. Now you eat more because you are depressed, and so goes the cycle….

What foods should I stay away from if I am feeling depressed?

There are some studies that show that caffeine, alcohol, sugars, fried foods, deli meats, hot dogs, packaged foods such as granola bars, and any food with food coloring or dyes have been linked to an increase in depression.  Decreasing your intake of these foods, could help your mood.

What can I do to eat healthy if I am depressed?

Studies show that there is no one diet that can cure depression. But there are some foods that you can add to your diet that can help boost your mood.  Click the link here to see the best things to eat if you are experiencing depression:

Diet and Depression

The most important thing to do if you are experiencing depression is to reach out to someone who loves you. Do not isolate yourself, as your depression will only increase. There are many resources for teens struggling with depression. There is help, there is relief, you can feel better.

This is information only – NOT medical advice