Guide to Management of Depression in Obese Patients

William Kellogg
March 24, 2019

It is possible for depression to zap energy to the point, with some people may experience difficulty getting out of bed in the morning or off the sofa in the evening. In fact, it is not uncommon for depressed person to turn to eating a lot or alcohol to ease the pain of depression. Well, these two approaches only worsen the situation. Both make matters worse by packing on the pounds. The more weight gained, the more difficult it is to get moving again. Hence, the higher the chances of getting more depressed.

It is also possible for a person with a right body shape to be plump and yet be happy at the same time. But there are certain situations that might occur that can cause depression.

For instance, such as an upcoming class reunion, pool party, or some cruel comment from a jerk, or a warning from a doctor, or sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be caused by or greatly exacerbated by weight gain, and sleep is foundational to your mood and depression sets in. This can make obese individuals really shy especially when they are in gatherings. Complaints from family members, spouse, and friends are major reasons for depression in obese individuals.

There are numerous recommendation to get back in shape. Even more recently there has been lots of claims that ketogenic diet can help reduce weight. There has also been lots of advertisements in the social space that you can work out and lose weight in a matter of days. Obviously, it is possible for overweight patients to be psychologically disturbed. These are majorly caused by external factors. But getting in shape through exercise does not mean that depression will just go away. For instance, the entertainment news is full of stars and celebrities who battle body image issues. You see them on talk shows raving about the newest fad diet and in a few months they regain their lost weight and are again miserable.

The best approach for the management of depression in obese people involves psychological measures combined with adequate workout routines and appropriate diet controls. It is possible for obese patients that are also depressed to feel isolated. This causes them to isolate themselves even more thus exacerbating their depression. This becomes even worse if the individual that is obese is an introvert or reserved person. Thus management of depression in obese patients should also involve some form encouragement and careful use of compliments. Not teasing. Just meaningful compliments. This makes them feel appreciated and loved

Counseling can also help obese individuals battling with depression to come to love themselves for who and what they are. Mindfulness meditation is a great tool in that process.

Whether you are obese or maybe you are not convenient with your shape, it doesn’t really matter. Reach out. Reach out to your personal physician. Reach out to a specialist in mental health. You can even reach out to a nutritionist if you have one. But the most important thing is to reach out now and do it right now.

William Kellogg

William Kellogg is a veteran writer who's covered the subject of the intersection of technology, health and mental wellness for nearly two decades.

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