Eating Disorder And Depression

The causes of eating disorders are complex and not fully understood. Anxiety, depression, and eating disorders all have their roots in negative feelings of self-worth so it is hardly surprising that there is a strong link between them.

When you become obsessed with your diet and eating habits, your emotions begin to hinge on that obsession. — Dawn Delgado LMFT, CEDS-S

In 2008, a research study at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre found that 24% of bipolar patients suffered from eating disorders, and as many as 44% of these patients found appetite control difficult. The connection between these disorders runs both ways. Depression can cause eating disorders and eating disorders can result in depression. The physiological decay caused by the eating disorder can in itself result in depression. Although they are separate one disorder may trigger the other.


Everyone feels sad or unhappy at some point in life, but if the feeling of sadness continues for long periods of time help must be sought. Depression can be a debilitating condition, and those that suffer from this condition need to open up to someone. Some may be shy, not wanting to burden family and friends with their problems, others may feel pressured into pretending that they are fine. No one needs to suffer alone. Find a Depression Chat Room. They are easy to access and free of charge.

 Chat rooms provide a platform where people are able to talk to active listeners, sharing their thoughts, and problems with someone who can offer advice and sympathy. In the depression chat room the person guiding the discussion is usually a licensed therapist or counselor. Chatters who are not sure whether they are suffering from depression can take guidance from the counselor, who may suggest medical intervention. Training on various aspects of depression is often also available on the website.

When a loved one or dear friend is hiding or lying about self-destructive behavior, it often feels like we need to take action immediately. Even if it means destroying or disrupting a relationship. — F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.

Online chatters do not have to reveal their identity if they would prefer not to. They can use a pseudonym and can reveal as much as they are comfortable with. Sharing problems in this environment could be the first step to a holistic medical intervention, as the individual may become more comfortable with discussing difficulties and may then seek alternative assistance.


Recognizing the symptoms of depression is the first step to seeking assistance. The most common symptoms of depression are:

  • Feeling sad
  • Loss of interest in the things that had previously been a source of pleasure
  • Loss of appetite
  • No sex drive
  • Difficulties with sleep – insomnia or oversleeping
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • The inability to think or concentrate
  • Social withdrawal


Those who suffer from an eating disorder and coexisting depression should find a therapist that specializes in both of these conditions. The disorders must be treated together, as they may stem from the same cause. The treatment team is likely to include a nutritionist, a therapist, and a physician.

Now, through the advent of technology and a national network of licensed and trained eating disorder treatment professionals, a revolution is under way in the post-treatment environment. — Greta Gleissner LCSW

Usually, people with eating disorders are prescribed medication for the depression. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is also sometimes used to change eating behaviors. During CBT, sufferers are taught to drop their idealized views of what the human shape should look like and they are encouraged to aspire to a body shape, which is more achievable. They undergo training to help them understand the value of a balanced diet.

Medication works fairly quickly in resolving the symptoms of depression by restoring the level of neurotransmitters in the brain. Whilst CBT can take between three and six months to work, it helps the sufferer to resolve underlying problems, which led to the eating disorder and any coexisting disorders, and therefore the long-term outcomes of CBT are more effective. Without CBT patients are likely to relapse when they stop taking the medication.


Many people suffering from eating disorders are likely to have coexisting depression. Some may feel reluctant to burden others with their problems. Sharing feelings and emotions on a chat site could be the first step to a holistic medical intervention and recovery.