Depression in Association With Severe Obesity
I have yet to have a new patient come into my office who was told to use lifestyle changes to address their depression. All were offered antidepressants with very few cases given recommendations for counseling. If clinicians could begin to suggest lifestyle changes, folic acid/B12 and exercise instead of jumping to the prescription pad we might see better management of depression.
Ironically, one of the more common side effects of some of the newer, fancier antidepressants is weight gain–further perpetuating the cycle. Does this not sound strange to you???
Arch Intern Med — Abstracts: Dixon et al. 163 (17): 2058