This article was found on HealthyPlace.com (Coping & Depression blog)
One of the most common symptoms of depression is a change in appetite. People who have depression either lose their appetite and eat less than they did before, or else their appetite increases and they eat more than they did before their depression started. For me, my appetite has lessened but it’s affected me a lot more than a simple reduction of hunger pangs. Depression and lack of hunger can be distressing.
How Depression and Lack of Appetite Affects Me
Depression affects my eating habits mostly by making me apathetic about food. Flavours feel dulled so I never really enjoy anything that I eat. I opt for really sour candy, ice cream or whatever seems tastiest. I fill up on junk food and then don’t care about fruits and vegetables.
A Depressed Brain is Still Part of Your Body
My physical health hasn’t mattered at all to me because my emotional pain is front and center. Only after years of chronic pain am I starting to connect my mind with my body. One can’t exist without the other, but I’ve been living as if my brain isn’t a part of my body.
Part of the reason behind that is my history of trauma; my body has never been a safe place to reside. Posttraumatic stress disorder takes a huge toll on my depression as well.
Now that I’m trying to eat healthier, I’m realizing how many ways my depression affects my ability to stay nourished. For example, I struggle to go to the grocery store a lot of the time because it’s overwhelming, too noisy and requires too much decision-making.
Then, if I’ve managed to go to the grocery store, I rarely have the motivation to actually prepare a good meal for myself once I’m home. My depression makes me unable to work and therefore I don’t have much money. Spending money on food when I’m not even interested in food is a really difficult task.
I should be taking advantage of the local food bank since I qualify as someone in need of community help, but it’s all the way across town. Taking the bus is overwhelming for me. It’s all too much to think about.
Isolation is a huge part of my depression so I rarely cook for anyone but myself. Can you see how my depression affects eating in so many ways?