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Posted on Tue, 26 Jul 2016
Question: Hello doctor I have something happened and I can't stop thinking about it now it's affecting my mood and eating pattern

It is something very stupid but it is causing me to almost feel this way

I am eating less as it seems to have taken control and affects my appetite

Is there something I can do to stop thinking about it and stop the association with eating

It seems like every so often if something happens that may seem insignificant and rather stupid but I ponder on it and it affects my eating

It seems I have episodes every year or so
Do you think it's obsessive behavior?
Thanks

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Answered by Dr. Alexander H. Sheppe (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Consultation

Detailed Answer:
Hello, and thanks for your question.

This could very possibly be obsessive behavior, or even the development of an eating disorder. However, my primary suspicion is that this is all related to anxiety. Your ruminative thinking, that means thinking about things over and over, is a common symptom of anxiety. This anxiety in turn might be relieved by an eating behavior. To fix this, you need to address the anxiety directly. Since this only happens from time to time, rather than a medication like an SSRI antidepressant, you would probably benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). I would seek out a CBT therapist in your area. I also offer online text-based therapy on this website via my private link below.

Please remember to rate and close this answer thread when you are finished and satisfied.

In the future, for continuity of care, I encourage you to contact me directly at my private link below. After you ask a direct question, it would be my pleasure to be your dedicated personal physician on this website. My name is Dr. Sheppe, and I am an XXXXXXX doctor working in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #1 for Psychiatry in the United States (tinyurl.com/psyrank). For a personalized comprehensive evaluation, treatment recommendations, and individual therapy, ask me at HealthCareMagic at this private link: tinyurl.com/DrSheppeAnswers
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Brief Answer: Consultation Detailed Answer: Hello, and thanks for your question. This could very possibly be obsessive behavior, or even the development of an eating disorder. However, my primary suspicion is that this is all related to anxiety. Your ruminative thinking, that means thinking about things over and over, is a common symptom of anxiety. This anxiety in turn might be relieved by an eating behavior. To fix this, you need to address the anxiety directly. Since this only happens from time to time, rather than a medication like an SSRI antidepressant, you would probably benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). I would seek out a CBT therapist in your area. I also offer online text-based therapy on this website via my private link below. Please remember to rate and close this answer thread when you are finished and satisfied. In the future, for continuity of care, I encourage you to contact me directly at my private link below. After you ask a direct question, it would be my pleasure to be your dedicated personal physician on this website. My name is Dr. Sheppe, and I am an XXXXXXX doctor working in New York City at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, ranked #1 for Psychiatry in the United States (tinyurl.com/psyrank). For a personalized comprehensive evaluation, treatment recommendations, and individual therapy, ask me at HealthCareMagic at this private link: tinyurl.com/DrSheppeAnswers