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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You Asked: "I Don't Eat and Can't Sleep When I'm Depressed. Do I Need to Try Medication?"

I tend not to eat when I get really depressed, which makes me really tired, but then I can't sleep and I have weird dreams. Because I can’t sleep, I’m even more tired. I try to fix foods I typically enjoy, but everything tastes like sawdust and I have trouble just swallowing. Come spring, I am underweight, tired and look ragged. Do I need to just break down and try medication? --piananana

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