Simultaneous treatment of depression and obesity is an emerging health care programs.
South Australian Institute for Medical Research in Adelaide will host the first group program in the world, which will be based on several established approaches to improve the health and well-being of patients in the coming months. The program, developed in the last six months, is being tested in South Australia, and will be conducted at the international level in the event of a successful outcome.
The link between depression and obesity has been established some time ago, but co-treatment had not been taken.
According to the publication Journal of Health Psychology, and the European Association for the Study of Obesity, overweight people are two to four times more likely to develop depression, but people with depression are twice as likely to suffer overweight or obese compared with healthy people.
The World Health Organization estimates that worldwide 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression, and the percentage of people who are overweight has more than doubled since 1980.
Psychologist Taryn Lores believes that there are many mechanisms that need to pay attention, if people want to recover from depression and feel comfortable with their weight.
"People who are depressed, overeat, malnourished and less likely to participate in sports. Similarly, if people mentally healthy, overweight, depression can occur. The program is designed to help people set realistic goals that will become commonplace throughout life. The program - a dual focus, which is a more effective approach "- the researchers say.
The program includes a weekly two-hour group sessions over 10 weeks. Topics covered will include various methods of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness strategies. Patients are required to attend extra meetings for further evaluation and follow-up after a 10-week period. To participate in the project, researchers selected a test group of 15 volunteers.
Julio guise, a professor of psychiatry at Flinders University, stressed that the serious depression people may experience a loss of, or a significant increase in appetite. Weight gain can lead to feelings of worthlessness and loss of control, resulting in diets and a sense of failure cycle.
Scientists have created a program of psychological interventions that help to cope with feelings of anxiety associated with losing weight, controlling depression in the process.