We often talk about "emotional eating." But the overeating that frequently accompanies depression is about more than just comfort food. Appetite changes are among a long list of depression symptoms, including persistent sadness and hopelessness, irritability, and loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed.
If you or loved one has signs of depression, like overeating, getting professional help should be a top priority. Confidant can link you to qualified mental health providers in your area who can discuss treatment options with you. Also, if your depression is making you feel like you can't stop eating, you may consider some of the following strategies helpful to use along with treatment to control the urge.
Know Your Trigger Foods
Many of us have foods that once we start eating them, it seems we can't stop. Recognize which foods are hard for you to limit and avoid making them readily available. Not having that giant bag of tortilla chips or chocolate candies handy is a foolproof way to keep from polishing off the whole package.
Don't Ban Favorite Foods
At the same time, don't deprive yourself entirely of your favorite foods. Try to learn to enjoy them in moderation. You may have your favorite ice cream once a week, on special occasions, or as a reward for meeting specific goals. You'll find that you savor them more when you have them less frequently.