tw for brief eating disorder talk :) I don't think this belongs in the eating disorder forum because it more pertains to my depression, but mods, feel free to move as you see fit I used to get annoyed when people talked about treating depression with nutrition because it felt like they were dismissing the need for meds-- which is NOT my intent here; I am very, very grateful for my meds. I am, however, wondering if anyone can share personal experiences with changing their diet and seeing marked improvements in their depression/anxiety/anhedonia that they can differentiate from other treatment (meds, therapy, etc). I've always had some level of depressed thinking but I feel like the summer I crossed the line between "a little melancholy" and "depressed" was the summer I developed an eating disorder-- which I guess is sort of a chicken-and-egg scenario-- and have always wondered if the breaking the lingering bad habits is the last step I need to take to get the "old me" back. I feel like I remember being much more motivated and proactive, and the summer and few years in which I was anorexic, I just kind of felt like I was drifting through life, to a much higher extent than I do now. I've read a bit about how some nutrient deficiencies-- B vitamins in particular, but also protein because it helps with dopamine synthesis-- are supposed to affect mental health. I can definitely say that my panic attacks have almost disappeared since I started eating more, but even though I can no longer really call myself "eating disordered," I still don't have entirely healthy habits (for example, my dinner today was salted caramels and a cappuccino; I will often skip meals because I don't feel like cooking or don't have an appetite). I look at many of my friends who seem to enjoy their experiences and get more out of their opportunities than I do and it hurts knowing that I was once like that and haven't been in years. Will forcing myself to eat regularly and more healthily improve my depression, or is my lack of appetite just another symptom of a depression with a different root cause?