Why some people are at risk for eating disorders isn’t clear. But surveys show that depression is often a factor. In a 2008 study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, for example, 24% of bipolar patients met the criteria for eating disorders. An estimated 44% had trouble controlling their eating.As many as half of all patients diagnosed with binge eating disorder have a history of depression, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Binge eating afflicts 3% of adults in the U.S., making it the most common eating disorder. Depression may lead to eating disorders, but there’s also evidence that eating disorders can result in depression. Being severely underweight and malnourished, which is common in anorexia, can cause physiological changes that are known to negatively affect mood states. To determine if depression is part of an eating disorder, doctors use a well-tested battery of questions that tease out the most common symptoms of depression.
These include:• Feelings of sadness or unhappiness• Loss of interest in activities that once were pleasurable• Loss of libido• Irritability or anger• Sleep problems• Loss of appetiteDiagnosing serious depression is relatively easy, experts say. But finding an effective treatment for combined depression and eating disorders can be a challenge. Recognizing that you have a problem is the first step on the road to recovery, one that takes tremendous courage and strength. Facing your problem without minimizing the issue or making excuses can feel frightening and overwhelming, but recovery is within reach. If you’re ready to seek help, you can overcome your addiction and build a satisfying, drug-free life for yourself.
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