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Can Depression Cause a Lack of Appetite?

Depression can affect our appetite and change the relationship that we have with food. It can cause us to eat unhealthily, eat more than usual and it can also lead to a loss of appetite.

Within this blog, we have focused on depression and a loss of appetite. If you have been struggling to eat because of your depression, we will look at why this may be happening and what you can do to start making positive changes. We will also explore the treatment options that are available to you to help you get back on track.

Causes of Lost Appetite

When someone has depression, it may be that they occasionally skip or do not finish their meals. They may go for days without eating or drinking enough. This can impact on their energy levels and cause weight loss and health problems, making their depression even worse.

There are a number of reasons why depression can cause a loss of appetite, including:

  • A person with depression will often lose interest in activities that they once enjoyed. Sometimes, this means that the pleasure they used to gain from preparing or eating food disappears
  • People tend to feel low in energy when they are depressed – this can mean that having to cook or eat may feel like too much for them
  • People with depression often experience anxiety which can result in gastrointestinal symptoms (such as nausea, diarrhoea or abdominal pain), which can cause a loss of appetite
  • Depression can cause people to feel sad, worthless or hopeless. With so much going on in their mind, they can forget to eat
  • With depression, it can feel as though you really don’t like yourself. You may believe that your health doesn’t matter or that you don’t deserve to eat or to feel better
  • Some antidepressants can reduce appetite or cause gastrointestinal discomfort, which means that people may eat less

Foods That Help With Depression

When you are dealing with depression, it can be a real struggle to take good care of yourself and your diet. But it’s such an important thing for you to do.

Research has shown that certain foods can actually help to boost your mood. These include:

  • Foods that contain the amino acid, tryptophan, including eggs, spinach and salmon
  • Foods that are rich in folic acid, including avocado and spinach
  • Foods that are rich in omega-3 acids, including salmon and tuna
  • Foods that contain vitamin B12, including fish, lean meat, poultry and breakfast cereal

By trying to incorporate as many of these foods into a balanced diet, you’re taking extra steps to combat the symptoms of depression, and you may find that your mood improves as a result.

Below, we have also listed a few quick and easy steps to introduce into your weekly routine, so that you can start eating more and eating better:

Stick to your routine

Try to get up at your usual time and carry on cooking and eating meals at regular times. It’s important to have three meals a day and one or two snacks between meals.

Eat a balanced and varied diet

Try to avoid nutritional deficiencies. Make sure that you don’t exclude any food groups. Consider taking a multivitamin if you’re not eating enough fruit and vegetables.

Limit caffeine and alcohol

Both can be linked to insomnia, mood swings and anxiety, which can end up making you feel even worse.

Do some exercise

Exercise can improve your mood and appetite. If you haven’t exercised for a while, start by walking for about 20 minutes every day.

Make a meal plan

Plan a week’s worth of easy-to-prepare meals and snacks, and shop accordingly.

Shop online or ask for help

If the idea of going food shopping is too overwhelming, try click and collect or online food shopping. If this feels like too much, ask someone to help out.

Have easy and healthy snacks

Try and make sure you’ve always got some healthy snacks in for the moments when it’s too difficult to cook. These can include things like nuts, cereal bars and fruit.

Eat something you life

Even if you’re feeling low, it’s important to try and do positive things for yourself as this can help to boost your mood.

Eat and/or cook with someone else

This will be easier than doing it on your own and isolating yourself will probably make you feel even worse.

When to get Depression Help

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of depression, and this is having a negative impact on your appetite and overall quality of life, it’s time to reach out for professional support. Depression is treatable and you don’t have to suffer in silence.

You could speak to your GP about your symptoms or get in touch with Priory directly to speak to one of our mental health professionals. This will give you an opportunity to talk about what you’ve been experiencing and access treatment for depression so you can start feeling better.

Here at Priory, our experts are able to treat people with all forms of depression and we have a range of treatment programmes available for your condition. When you first meet with a member of our team, they will work with you to determine the most effective treatment pathway for you. This could include:

  • Inpatient (residential) treatment
  • Outpatient treatment or day care
  • Online therapy via our dedicated platform

We also offer lots of different therapy types for depression, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), all of which can be delivered in one of the following formats:

  • One-to-one therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family and couples therapy

You don’t have to struggle with depression; help is available and we can support you to return to the healthy and fulfilling life you deserve.

Blog reviewed by Dr Sara Morando (MD, RCPsych) Consultant Psychiatrist at Priory Hospital North London

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Depression Information

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  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

    Also visit the online treatment locator.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.

The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

English and Spanish are available if you select the option to speak with a national representative. Currently, the 435748 (HELP4U) text messaging service is only available in English.

In 2020, the Helpline received 833,598 calls. This is a 27 percent increase from 2019, when the Helpline received a total of 656,953 calls for the year.

The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.

The service is confidential. We will not ask you for any personal information. We may ask for your zip code or other pertinent geographic information in order to track calls being routed to other offices or to accurately identify the local resources appropriate to your needs.

No, we do not provide counseling. Trained information specialists answer calls, transfer callers to state services or other appropriate intake centers in their states, and connect them with local assistance and support.

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Why you don't feel like eating and what to do about it

July 21, 2021 Likbez Health

It may be enough for you to stay cool for a couple of hours.

Why you don't want to eat

Loss of appetite is not a diagnosis. But this can be a sign of serious health problems or just a misunderstanding. Here are a few common factors that can affect appetite.

1. Age

Appetite often decreases with age. Perhaps this is due to the fact that with age, the metabolism slows down and people simply need fewer calories than in their youth.

But other reasons are not excluded. Scientists suspect that the elderly may not produce enough ghrelin, a hormone responsible for appetite. Or the work of the sense organs is changing, and people do not get the pleasure from food that in their youth (and if so, why eat?).

Research is still ongoing. But it is unambiguously established: the older we get, the less we eat.

2. High physical or mental stress

If you feel like a squirrel in a wheel all day long, hurry somewhere, worry about something, and in the evening you fall exhausted from your feet, you should not be surprised at a decrease in appetite.

When you are extremely exhausted, the body is forced to choose what to spend energy on: running around or energy-intensive digestion. If you can’t get out of business, the brain reduces the activity of the gastrointestinal tract. You just don't want to eat.

3. Pregnancy in women

Many expectant mothers face nausea and loss of appetite. Most often this happens in the first trimester.

Kesha Gaither

MD, obstetrician-gynecologist, in a comment to Parents.

Approximately one in two pregnant women in the United States experiences periods of aversion to some familiar food.

The exact cause of decreased appetite during pregnancy is not known. But experts suggest that the matter is in the hormonal restructuring of the body and increased sensitivity to tastes and smells. Perhaps the refusal of a favorite food is an evolutionary mechanism: in this way, the mother’s body tries to protect the fetus from substances that are potentially harmful to its development.

4. Weather

In the heat of summer, you want to eat much less than on cold autumn or winter evenings. The fact is that food is part of the body's thermoregulation system. When we are cool, we tend to consume more calories in order to convert them into heat. In the heat, the body does not need additional heating, and therefore neglects food.

5. Mood

Someone's appetite disappears because of nervousness, someone, on the contrary, gets stressed out. Scientists have not yet discovered any common algorithm for all that connects emotions and eating behavior. But it was quite clearly established that the desire to eat largely depends on mood. And for each person, this connection is individual.

6. Smoking

Nicotine has a side effect: it reduces the need for food.

7. SARS and other diseases in the acute phase

Leptin is a hormone that causes satiety. But at the same time, this substance takes an active part in the immune response to infection.

With a cold, flu, exacerbation of other infectious diseases, the level of leptin increases - this allows the body to repel a pathogenic attack. But once the hormone becomes more, there is a feeling of satiety. Therefore, sick people often refuse to eat.

8. Taking certain medications

Reduced appetite may be one of the side effects of antibiotics. But other drugs sometimes discourage the desire to eat. Painkillers based on codeine and morphine, as well as diuretics, for example, lead to such a reaction.

9. Mental disorders

Loss of appetite can be caused by depression.

Another common mental disorder that is directly related to the reluctance to eat is anorexia nervosa. So doctors call an eating disorder caused by a desperate fear of gaining weight.

10. Diseases of the digestive system

Changes in appetite may be one of the first symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease.

11. Viral hepatitis and other liver damage

One of the most important elements in the digestive system is the liver: it is here that blood enters with nutrients processed by the stomach and intestines. The body sorts the substances received, cleanses them of toxins and only then passes them into the general bloodstream. With viral hepatitis and other liver diseases, it ceases to cope with its functions.

In order not to overload the suffering liver and give it a chance to recover, the body reduces the production of hormones, enzymes and other substances responsible for the manifestation of appetite.

12. Cardiovascular diseases

Loss of appetite is one of the symptoms of chronic heart failure. In addition, reluctance to eat may be associated with a developing heart attack and heart defects.

13. Endocrine Disorders

If the thyroid gland produces less hormones than necessary (a condition called hypothyroidism), appetite is greatly reduced. However, the weight may increase.

14. Iron deficiency anemia

Loss of appetite along with weight loss, especially if all this is accompanied by fatigue, a feeling of lack of strength, is one of the most characteristic symptoms of iron deficiency in the body.

15. Cancer

Loss of appetite often accompanies such oncological diseases as:

  • stomach cancer;
  • pancreatic cancer;
  • colon cancer;
  • ovarian cancer.

Food aversion can also be a side effect of tumor treatment.

Is it necessary to restore appetite

On the one hand, reducing appetite is a convenient thing. Someone suffers on diets, and you reduce the caloric content of the diet by itself.

On the other hand, one should not rejoice at the lack of appetite. At least because with a limited diet, you get fewer nutrients. And this can lead to hypovitaminosis (and even beriberi), a decrease in hemoglobin levels, anemia and more serious problems - with the liver and other internal organs, vision, joints, teeth.

What exactly will be the long-term consequences of a decrease in appetite depends on the reasons that caused such a condition. It's one thing if you don't feel like eating just because you're sad or too hot. And it is quite another if the loss of appetite is associated with damage to the liver, heart, and even more so cancer.

What to do if you don't feel like eating

First, take care of yourself, your well-being, and life circumstances. Perhaps your appetite has decreased for external reasons, for example, due to heat, fatigue, worries. In this case, the desire to eat will return as soon as stress factors disappear.

But if everything is calm in your life, and your appetite has disappeared, or if indifference to food lasts for weeks, try to see a therapist.

See your doctor as soon as possible if you notice that your reluctance to eat is accompanied by sudden weight loss.

The doctor will examine you and ask you about your symptoms. He will definitely ask what medications you take, what lifestyle you lead, whether the loss of appetite is due to stressful events, such as divorce, the loss of a family member or friend.

You may need to do some research. Among them:

  • general and biochemical blood tests;
  • thyroid hormone test;
  • hepatitis tests;
  • urinalysis for drug content;
  • Ultrasound of the internal organs.

All this will help to find the reason why the appetite has disappeared. Depending on how serious it is, the doctor will prescribe treatment or send you to a specialized specialist - an endocrinologist, cardiologist, oncologist, hepatologist, psychotherapist.

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What to do if there is a loved one, and when he is sad, I also feel sad, even more sad.

How to overcome it?

I am not adapted to life

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Ann Mitunevich


Family Psychologist, Humanistic psychotherapist, ... · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · 10 oct 2021


Hello. What you describe could be due to two reasons.

  1. Striving for merger in a relationship. What to oppose? Fusion is a pretty early thing for a parent-child relationship ("we are the same or should be the same, want the same thing, experience the same thing"). It collapses at an older age. So, you need to remind yourself that neither a loved one nor you are a baby. You do not have to empathize and empathize (feel and experience the same thing) to understand what is happening to a person.
  2. High sensitivity . There is a whole book called Highly Sensitive People. What is normal for one, sympathized with and forgot, for another is a serious reason to lose peace and sleep.

What to do in general: try to find what is important to a sad person if you care about him right now. Try to understand him, and not "feel the same" and fall into a general experience of sadness.

Often to show a person that you understand him, that you see what his head or heart is busy with, turns out to be is much more useful than the joint experience of (which even aggravates the condition of a loved one).

So ask yourself when you find yourself sad: do you want checkers or go? Do you worry or help a loved one? Very often they are different things.

A loved one will cope with his grief much more effectively if instead of him at this moment "hold the rest of the world." Do something around the house, take over some of the functions or just offer tea or, while maintaining vigor, take out for a walk.

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You have a sign of codependent behavior. You cannot separate your feelings from the feelings of another person, your mood from someone else's mood.

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