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26 Jul 2005

addicted to sweets
Dear Doc,
I am 21 years old and I work 40+ a week SITTING BEHIND A COMPUTER. I treated my self during training by buying sweets and now that I'm released on my own I'm still addicted. I go through the entire day looking forward to the next meal. Some days my entire diet consists of sweets. I just have no control over what I put into my mouth. Please let me know what I can do to STOP eating my life away. I feel like I have no control over it!!!
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Valerie
Your addiction to sweets has two sources - the boredom you experienced in your work and possibly also depression. Eating sweet foods can increase the serotonin levels in the brain and make you feel more positive. You will have to wean yourself of this habit. Try to cut down slowly - eat 1 or 2 portions of sweets less each day until you are free of this addiction. If you do, however, suspect that you may be suffering from underlying depression then please consult a clinical psychologist (look in the Yellow Pages or ask your dr to refer you) because if this addiction has a psychological basis then you need to treat the cause not the symptoms.
Best regards
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