Weight Control and Mental Illness

Depression can cause weight loss or a loss of appetite... or it could cause weight gain and an increased appetite. Here is some need-to-know information on weight control and mood disorders.

Obesity can have a major impact on a patient's overall health, and depression can have an unpredictable effect on a patient's weight. Therefore, they need to be vigilant in their food choices and exercises. Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH, talks more.

Dr Noonan is a physician consultant and Certified Peer Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the author of four books and a blog on managing depression, most recently Helping Others With Depression: Words to Say, Things to Do (December 2020). Dr Noonan offers peer counseling to fellow patients, including physicians and other professionals, and can be confidentially reached through her website at https://susannoonanmd.com.

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