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How can I help my husband who is depressed because of his obesity?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Therapists can help

Help connect him to a professional.
Depression is best treated with therapy, cbt and interpersonal therapy are both well validated forms of treatment. Good news is obesity can also be effectively treated with cbt and is even more successful when there is a support system. Ask your husband how you can best be a support system. Perhaps as a walking or cooking partner, planning rewards, listening.

In brief: Therapists can help

Help connect him to a professional.
Depression is best treated with therapy, cbt and interpersonal therapy are both well validated forms of treatment. Good news is obesity can also be effectively treated with cbt and is even more successful when there is a support system. Ask your husband how you can best be a support system. Perhaps as a walking or cooking partner, planning rewards, listening.
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Both are treatable

A person who has depression and obesity has two treatable diseases.
A single primary care doctor can start treatment for both problems, and specialists can be called in to help if needed. If the depression is severe enough to have suicidal thoughts or plans, then hospitalization in a psychiatric unit at the hospital is usually needed (one can call 911 for help in such a situation).

In brief: Both are treatable

A person who has depression and obesity has two treatable diseases.
A single primary care doctor can start treatment for both problems, and specialists can be called in to help if needed. If the depression is severe enough to have suicidal thoughts or plans, then hospitalization in a psychiatric unit at the hospital is usually needed (one can call 911 for help in such a situation).
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
Bariatric surgery can be very helpful. 95% of people who just diet without a full lifestyle change gain back their weight, plus more. In other words, for every 20 people who just diet, 19 wind up worse off.
Dr. Steven Watry
General Practice

In brief: Encouragement

be a cheerleader..
he may need a weight neutral antidepressant, such as welbutrin to get over the hump

In brief: Encouragement

be a cheerleader..
he may need a weight neutral antidepressant, such as welbutrin to get over the hump
Dr. Steven Watry
Dr. Steven Watry
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