Your Weight and Depression Questions, Expertly Answered

iVillage health editor at large Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D., answers your message board posts about food and mood, depression and weight (11 Photos)

Madelyn Fernstrom on Feb 21, 2012 at 10:40AM

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Your Weight and Depression Questions, Expertly Answered

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Madelyn Answered: "Think About Why You Are Feeling Depressed, and Instead of Eating to Feel Better, Call a Friend"

Millions of people struggle with this negative cycle, as many of us use food as a reward or to feel better. Here’s the first step in breaking the cycle: When you are feeling low, stop and think about why you are feeling sad or down, then consider how you could feel better without eating. If you’re sad or lonely, call a friend; bored or restless, take a walk. If you need to keep your mouth occupied, brush your teeth, or try some sugarless gum or mints. I suggest calling a "diet buddy" when your cravings are intense. Her support can help you get through these challenging times. You can also join a support group, or consider private or group therapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which can help you break all kinds of negative cycles.

Want to connect with other iVillagers about food and mood, depression and other life challenges? Try the Depression Support message board.

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