Depression makes weight gain, weight gain causes depression, and depression medications make weight gain. Important information about depression treatment.
Asst. Assoc. Dr. Üney made statements about whether depression causes weight gain or weight gain causes depression. Explaining that such questions are constantly being asked in the development and treatment of depression, Üney said, “Clarifying these questions will prevent us from being confused by hearsay information. Obesity is among the Causes of Depression. In fact, self-confidence problems are quite high in obese individuals. Today, the ideal male and female type has been defined. The group called “Fit” is prioritized and even the clothes are prepared by targeting them. Overweight people are almost neglected in this regard. Diabetes, blood pressure problems, heart problems, movement restrictions, which are more common in overweight people, increase the tendency to depression.
Along with these, social phobia and anxiety disorders are also common. Unsuccessful diet and exercise attempts also cause intense self-confidence problems. Apart from this, the cynical view of the society towards the fats, the physical appearance being prominent in admission to the working life, and therefore not being preferred by overweight people, make it easier for these individuals who are already disturbed by their physical appearance to become depressed. Many obese exhibit more eating behaviors as an internal reaction to this condition. A vicious circle now occurs and depression becomes like fate. “At this point, depression should be treated and the self-confidence of the person should be restored so that they can be productive again in life and perhaps be more determined and courageous in treatments related to weight.”
Noting that depression sometimes starts with changes in appetite, especially in the initial periods, Psychiatrist / Psychotherapist Assist. Prof. Dr. Rıdvan Üney said, “Weight gain is more common in non-typical or masked depressions. In other words, tension, unhappiness and despair lead the person to activities that he / she can be happy with. The easiest of these is eating. In women with a type of depression, the need and consumption of chocolate and sugar increases in premenstrual tension syndrome. Introversion, energy
Eating fast-food style meals instead of cooking is one of the reasons for weight gain. In addition, in depressive periods, it becomes more difficult to exercise due to reluctance and exhaustion, and as a result, weight gain is inevitable. Weight gain due to physical anxiety can also aggravate depression.
In general, our people get information about drug treatments in many diseases, from the treatment experiences of their neighbors or friends or from comments made on forum sites on the internet. But how safe are these sources of information? Treatments are often discontinued due to the side effects of depression medications during the first few days of adjustment. Although it is more realistic to go back to the doctor and discuss the side effects, the person leaves the treatment and has to live with depression. Depression treatment requires a very good cooperation between the patient and the psychiatrist. This is because the treatment takes at least six months. Therefore, the person who will use drugs for six months must use drugs in a way that will not affect his life and do not harm his daily work. There is only one of every person in the world. However, depression medications are limited in number. Collaboration is more important in the initial stages of treatment in order to create personalized drug therapy. If weight gain is gained during medication, you should inform your psychiatrist so that new drug alternatives can be evaluated in the treatment. “It is important to improve cooperation in depression medications rather than fear the side effects.”
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