Anonymous asked in HealthMental Health · 1 decade ago

What is the relationship between depression and eating disorders/issues?

I am doing research on depression for hospitality class (cooking)

that means I need to talk about how it might relate to changes in eating, anorexia/bulemia nervosa and other eating disorders.

the more info the better!

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    Hey, I studied this this year!

    Depression is a clinical disorder of the brain. It causes suicidal thoughts and suicide, and yes, can affect eating disorders. The ones you are referring to are very common with people who are clinically depressed. Depression does not just affect the emotional aspect of your life, but the physical aspect as well. Because the brain connects emotional and physical health, depression affects both at the same time. If you are feeling bad about yourself, or are depressed, your emotions will constantly tell you to be better, that you are doing something wrong. That is where the physical aspect comes into play. When people are unhappy with themselves, studies show they are usually unhappy with their bodies. With anorexia and bulimia, the person who is clinically depressed usually wants to make their bodies look better to makes themselves feel better. The only problem is that it can cause even more emotional damage when they don't see the changes in their bodies, and vice versa if their depression continues.

    If you don't know much about anorexia and bulimia, here's a few facts.

    Anorexia is an eating disorder where a person refuses to eat. Basically, they look in the mirror and say 'I'm too fat,' and refuse to even touch food. The signs are obviously, extreme weight loss, headaches, fatigue, nausea, and external bleeding and loss of bone health. Because nutrients are not making it into an anorexics body, their skin cells don't develop the way they are supposed to. A tiny cut could bleed a lot, and you are more likely to break bones or tear muscles.

    Bulimia is also an eating disorder that is more common in the clinically depressed. Usually, extreme grief causes bulimia. A bulimic is very hard to catch; because they are eating, they don't shed the weight, and because they vomit their food back, you can never really catch them in the act. However, if you have suspicions of bulimia in a friend or relative, take them to a dentist. The acid from the vomit of the person breaks down the enamel on a person's teeth, and causes unhealthy teeth and sometimes even gum disease.

    It's very important to keep an eye on all of these issues, so please continue your work! You might want to bring up the fact of depression causing suicide, and how eating disorders actually cause it quite often. The reason being is because the more unhappy they become with their bodies, the more depressed they will be. And the longer someone waits to tell a parent or adult, the worse the situation will get.

    Hope this information helps you out!

  • 4 years ago

    I haven't any concern agreeing with the perceived loss of manipulate as a purpose of melancholy. When I was once finding out for my psych important, this was once known as discovered helplessness. I have a bit concern with the soar to the "depressive realism" notion, for the reason that it does not provide an explanation for why devout men and women can endure from melancholy. It additionally does not provide an explanation for the fundamental notion that Christians have that we don't seem to be in manipulate, however that God is. It additionally does not provide an explanation for the notion a few atheists have, that is that guy is in manipulate--and will the ones men and women no longer additionally endure from melancholy? And its viable I am failing to fully grasp your final query, for the reason that I am unfamiliar with the stereotype of the depressed atheist. AND, upon mirrored image, it kind of feels that perhaps that article is solely psychobabble for "whattaya' understand, men and women perhaps telling us medical doctors the reality approximately how cruddy their occasions are (and darn, we feel the little blue tablet is solving some thing for them)!"

  • 1 decade ago

    Depression can cause an eating disorder because depression makes you think you are fat and need to lose weight, even in melancholic depression. It happens in atypical depression because you gain weight instead of losing it. In melancholic depression your appetite is so low that you can go days without eating, mostly because you forget to eat because your appetite is gone.

    An eating disorder can cause depression because you continuously put yourself down and telling yourself you are fat so you begin to believe it. It's the same in depression, a never ending reel of thinking negative thoughts.

  • Eating Disorders often have co-occurring disorders such as depression or anxiety. Sometimes the individual who is feeling depressed is seeking comfort through disordered eating behaviors. They may either choose to self-soothe with excess consumption of food(bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating) or they may try to restrict their eating in order to gain a sense of control of their life, feelings or circumstances.

    When someone uses eating to attempt to cope with or resolve depression, they are avoiding dealing with the underlying feelings that may seem intolerable to the individual. However, counseling with a clinician specialized in eating disorders may provide alternative coping skills to dealing with the depression, instead of using disordered eating to cope.

    ~Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC

    Source(s): Eating Disorders and Feelings @
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