ASK Dr. Landau.....Comfort Eating

Avatar for cmkarla
Administrator
Registered: 01-03-2001
ASK Dr. Landau.....Comfort Eating
30
Mon, 10-03-2011 - 9:19am

Hi Everyone,

iVillage expert, Dr. Carol Landau will be here next Monday, October 10-October 14 to answer your questions concerning comfort eating and depression. Go ahead and ask your questions right here in this thread.

Here are some interesting articles from Dr. Landau you may find helpful:

Why You Eat Junk Food When You're Down (and How to Stop)
Many women turn to food for comfort but there are healthier ways to boost your mood
http://www.ivillage.com/stop-comfort-eating/4-a-384674

Karla
Community ModeratoriVillage.com

Pages

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-17-2011
Tue, 10-04-2011 - 1:52pm

There is an old saying that is VERY true:

"Nothing tastes as good as thin feels"

Avatar for giggles219
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2003
Thu, 10-06-2011 - 10:05am

Can you live with depression drug free for life? My goal is to be drug free again and live without medication, can it really be done without relapsing? If you do cognitive behaviour therapy, can this really happen?

I also heard that some depressions are chemical and some are not. How do you know yours is chemical, such as Dysthimia, or chronic depression. Can you cause your own depression?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-08-2011
Sat, 10-08-2011 - 3:32pm

Do people tend to become more depressed as they get older.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-20-2005
Sat, 10-08-2011 - 5:40pm

Can accupunture help with depression?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-16-2011
Sun, 10-09-2011 - 10:53pm

A lot of what you say makes sense, but. . . I feel like there is nothing that's as immediately comforting as food:

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-10-2011
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 2:26pm

Hi Sleepygirl and welcome to our discussion!

You've raised a really difficult question with this saying, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." The issue is

Carol Landau, Ph.D.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-10-2011
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 11:41pm

This is an extremely complicated issue. Some experts feel that after you have had three or even two major depressive episodes--those that involve such biological symptoms as changes in sleep, appetite, weight, activity level, a loss of interest and ability to concentrate, as well as sad mood--then you should consider taking an antidepressant for life, or at least for many years. The thinking here is that your tendency toward depression is like a chronic disease, like diabetes and thus a maintenance dose of an antidepressant is in order. This is what some people mean as a

Carol Landau, Ph.D.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-10-2011
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 11:57pm

Carol Landau, Ph.D.
Avatar for giggles219
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2003
Tue, 10-11-2011 - 11:31am

I've had about 4 - 5 relapses and the last one was bad and I wasn't on meds then, but going to therapy. I was off meds for 2.5yrs, and went back on last November. I felt going back on meds meant I was a failure, because I was off already. I learned that medication just reduces the symptoms and it doesn't cure the depression. I was told that using medication as a solution to the depression was the reason why it didn't work for me in the end. Someone once told me that I didn't need to be on meds and I can cure it without meds and I decided to go off meds then and through this persons guidance tried it without meds. If you eat the right foods would that help to?

I would like to be completely off medication again, if we can control the way we think then, and

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-19-2009
Tue, 10-11-2011 - 11:51am

Hi Dr. Landau, I've been reading The Mood Cure by Julia Ross and would like to start taking some of the supplements she describes in the book. She talks about afternoon slumps, which is when I usually start to eat junk to make myself feel better, and how moodiness and/or cravings for things like carbs and alcohol occur. She suggests taking 5-HTP in the afternoon to combat this. Is it safe to take 5-HTP with an SSRI? I've heard mixed reviews. And do you think that supplements like this really help?

Thank you.

Photobucket

Pages