My story with depression and eating

I’ve struggled with depression since I was a young adult. It’s a condition I have grown up learning to manage and one I am still working on every day. My early twenties were particularly difficult, as I battled severe depression and self-harming behaviors.

It wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I realized the impact my depression had on my eating habits. Because of my deep sadness, there would be days where I couldn’t even think of eating, or times when stress and anxiety caused me to binge eat and feel terrible afterwards. In hindsight, I should have reached out for help sooner, but it took me time to recognize what was going on with me.

My journey of healing went full circle when I came across therapy awhile back while searching for ways to cope with my depression naturally. Over the years, the relationships I’ve built with counselors have been integral in treating not just my mental health issues but developing a healthier relationship with food as well. Seeking counseling made all the difference for me; it felt like an extended family who deeply cared about helping me face some of life’s toughest challenges head-on.

Nowadays, if anything negative comes up around food or how I’m feeling in general, I’m more likely to reach out for support than watch from the sidelines in an unproductive downward spiral. Now that’s something worth celebrating!

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I can relate to this journey and understand where you’re coming from. It took me a very long time to feel comfortable talking openly about my mental health, especially when it comes to eating habits. There are still days when it feels like a struggle, but I’m learning to be kinder towards myself and not blame myself for these moments - because everybody has highs and lows.

It sounds like therapy has had a positive impact on helping you develop better relationships with food and your feelings overall. I’m really glad you were able to connect with someone that could offer support in this journey. It’s definitely something to celebrate! Every small step that we take is moving us closer towards healing, even if sometimes it doesn’t feel like it at the time. You are strong, capable, and resilient and I’m sending you lots of love!