I finally broke down and accepted taking Prozac for depression. Not a large dosage as I was afraid that I would have "no" emotions and I did not want that. I was put on 10mg. The doctor said a "child's" dose.
Any way, it has been a week, and I know that it takes about 4-6 weeks to take full effect.
I have noticed that it has a tremendous appetite suppressant effect in me. I looked it up and appetite suppressing is one of the side effects.
I have been stuck in a holding pattern diet wise for a while now. A long time. I just can't seem to lose weight. I realized (perhaps this should be in the "confessions" forum) that I have been sabotaging my weight loss by drinking too much alcohol (beer) and having a pattern of binge eating (usually while drinking). The binge eating is usually high carb also. Over indulgence in pasta, rice, potatoes and other white foods. Also salty snacks. I am not much of a fan of sugar.
Since the serotonin level is getting better (I assume) the desire to drink is also greatly reduced, as well as the binging that went with it and I am now beginning to loose the water weight and next will go the fat. I can actually see a difference after only a week.
I was wondering in what way food and lowered serotonin levels are connected. Obviously eating raises serotonin, so it seems to me that something that elevates serotonin would also lower the need for food (obviously you need enough food to live, I am not talking about "no food" I am talking about way too much food-- as bingers eat).
I am now really considering that the weight I have gained in the past is potentially the result of a chemical imbalance, the same that causes depression. Has anyone thought of this? Are there studies?
I also was thinking that what causes the Obesity epidemic is simply "stress" that is whatever leads to depression. People were simply do not have the make up to deal with "modern" life. There is more obesity now because there is more stress and more readily available food. Food alleviates stress, but it is okay if it happens once or twice per year, but every day will lead to obesity. (Also the fact that in nature many of these foods do not exist).
This is probably a silly post, but I would like to hear a few opinions. Humans/ nature/ stress/ depression/ binge eating.