Depression and Mindful Eating: Possible or Impossible?
Presented by Ronna Kabatznick, PhD.
Tuesday December 18, 1:00 PM EST, (time zone converter)
Free to all mindful eating professionals
Donations gratefully accepted!
Sadness and despair are normal human emotions. We all have those feelings from time to time but they usually go away within week or so. Major depression, or major depressive disorder, however, is something more. It’s a diagnosable condition that’s classified as a mood disorder and can bring about long-lasting symptoms such as overwhelming sadness, low energy, loss or increase of appetite, and a lack of interest in things that used to bring pleasure. One in ten US adults has depression, and the rate is almost twice as high for women as for men.
As noted, sometimes depression depresses appetite; other times it increases the craving to eat. That craving to overeat when depressed is often fueled by the desire to numb oneself from the pain of this condition. One of the strongest symptoms of depressive overeating is to mindlessly eat more than is needed and yet never feel satisfied. Mindless eating for emotional relief is the opposite of mindful eating because of hunger.
This seminar will address key issues such as: How does one work with mindful eating and learn methods to manage symptoms of depression? What coping skills help address mindful eating which in turn have the potential to improve depression and reduce mindless eating?
- What is depression? And how does it impact appetite?
- How to bring mindfulness to both overeating and depressive symptoms
- Learn specific coping strategies
Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D is a social psychologist specializing in eating, depression and relationships. Dr. Kabatnick helped develop the
behavioral weight management component of the Weight Watchers Program and is the author of two best-selling books: The Zen of
Eating: Ancient Answers to Modern Weight Problems and Who by Water: Reflections of a Tsunami Psychologist.
She has served as a TCME Board member is currently an advisor to TCME.
You can find her publications here:
Who by Water
The Zen of Eating: Ancient Answers to Modern Weight Problems