It is not uncommon when someone is depressed to experience changes in their appetite, whether it be an increase or decrease in appetite, as well as general changes in the amount and quality of the food a person eats, such as eating more junk food and/or drinking more alcohol. In fact, appetite and weight change are one of the symptoms that health professionals use to make a diagnosis of depression in an individual.
Unfortunately, changes in a person’s diet are likely to further compound the intensity of the depression experienced and impede the recovery process. For example, eating more junk food is likely to increase a person’s level of fatigue and mood swings and lead to a decrease in concentration, decision making ability, self worth and activity levels. Food is obviously essential to good physical and mental health and wellbeing. So it makes sense that consideration of a person’s diet and eating habits is adopted as part of the treatment regime for depression. Continue reading The Link Between Nutrition and Depression