Ask Dr. Fernstrom about Depression and Weight...

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Ask Dr. Fernstrom about Depression and Weight...
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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 9:02am

Hi Everyone,

iVillage expert, Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom will be here to help answer your questions about depression and weight December 12-16. Please post your questions here for her.

Here is a little about Dr. Fernstrom:

Is Depression Making You Gain Weight – or Vice Versa?

http://www.ivillage.com/depression-and-weight-gain/4-a-396046

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Registered: 01-20-2005
Wed, 12-07-2011 - 11:30pm

I have an underactive thryoid and have had it since my second child was born 23 years ago.

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Registered: 06-30-2011
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 10:00am
Why is it so hard to lose weight when you're on an antidepressant? I've been underweight all my life (wah, I know) but since going on antidepressants about 10 years ago it's been a constant struggle!
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Mon, 12-12-2011 - 11:36am

Hi!

I suffer from slight depression as well as anxiety. I'm also overweight. I'm having a hard time losing weight, which of course only adds to the depression. My depression did arrive after I was already overweight, but it also coincides with post traumatic stress as my son was very sick as an infant and needed immediate brain surgery. Soon after is when the depression kicked in.

While I am on a small dosage of zoloft, I feel as though my weight is truly the main factor in my depression, as it always comes back to extreme low-self esteem as far as weight/looks are concerned. I'd say about 90% of my day consists of depressing moments about my weight, whether over the overall weight or in regards of food (what I can't eat, how much of this I can have, etc.).

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Registered: 02-24-2011
Mon, 12-12-2011 - 3:36pm
I've struggled with depression and anxiety over the last several years. I've noticed that it gets much worse during this time of year (and especially as I start seeing the scale go up during the holidays). I've been trying to cope without medication but I'm not doing so well. What things can I do on my own to feel better this time of year?
Hope, Mommy to Spencer Expecting Baby #2 09/17/12
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Tue, 12-13-2011 - 9:59am

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Tue, 12-13-2011 - 10:43pm

Olivia,

Thanks for your thoughtful question. I am so glad to hear that you sought help for both your depression and your weigh issues. These two problems go hand in hand, and it's unclear from research studies, what really comes first - the old "chicken and the egg" question.

It's a good idea to have an open and honest talk with your doctor; with your doctor's help, you can determine whether you need a medication adjustment to biologically manage your depression, or if there are lifestyle issues that are bothering you (like the weight).

Meanwhile, in the lifestyle realm,

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Registered: 12-31-2007
Tue, 12-13-2011 - 10:51pm

Hello Hope!

The wintertime, with much less natural sunlight, can trigger a winter depression for some people. This is called "seasonal affective disorder", and can be treated with medications and/or exposure to natural light, found in a special "light box" with bulbs simulating sunlight.

Try getting more sunlight each day, and spend more time outside (or purchase a light box). Maintain a structured day, and make sure you don't skip meals, and walk for at least 30 minutes a day. AIm for 8 hours of sleep (and set your alarm, if you feel like sleeping longer!).

Somtimes a structured lifestyle, a good social network, and exercise together can relieve symptoms. Sometimes, you'll need medical help. Talk to your doctor, for a personalized plan, including medication if needed.

Good luck to you!

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Registered: 09-02-2008
Wed, 12-14-2011 - 9:34am

My problem seems so simple that I'm embarrassed I can't fix it. I get depressed and treat myself to glorious smelling baked goods.

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Registered: 05-09-2010
Wed, 12-14-2011 - 2:02pm

I struggle with depression and try to maintain with exercise and activities but like some of the others, this time of year is very difficult for me. I know this is supposed to be about weight gain but what about weight loss with depression?

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Registered: 10-31-2001
Wed, 12-14-2011 - 2:37pm

The holidays have always been a time of family, fun and celebration for our family. When I was a child, my father passed away a couple of weeks before Christmas; while it was hard to deal with, having a close knit big family helped and we were all able to spend the holidays in the preceding years together, sharing memories of my dad and creating new memories for our family.

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