11 Mar 2012
Here’s an irrefutable fact: Using medication to treat depression often results in weight gain. (See Mayo Clinic: Expert Answer)
- The medication itself causes weight gain, OR
- Decreased depression (due to appropriate medication) leads to an increase in appetite.
If a depressed person refuses medication, that person is equally screwed, as far as weight gain:
- Depressed people often eat carbs to feel better and exercise less due to lack of motivation; therefore depressed people often gain weight.
Doesn’t that increased weight negatively affect one’s mood? Sounds like a vicious cycle to me. So I must decide which battles to wage and which ones to dismiss as unimportant.