Psychologist Questions Eating Disorders

I feel hungry all the time. Is it a psychological problem?

I am never full and I keep eating all the time. When I have a craving I notice it's for junkier food. Is something wrong with me?

15 Answers

Hmmm....this could be a psychological issue. But I would start by getting a good physical exam with your Internist of General Practitioner. Thyroid issues and other problems can lead to a constant sense of hunger. I would encourage you to start there. If nothing is discovered, then by all means look into psychological help.

If you feel hungry all the time, the first thing to do is to visit your primary care and have whatever tests s/he suggests. Many physical illnesses present with that symptom. If all is clear, then do find a good therapist to find out if your "hunger" is emotionally based.

Good luck! Peace,

Marian K. Shapiro
Not necessarily. Visit your primary care physician and have a full check-up prior to exploring psychological potential reasons for this condition.
You should meet with your doctor to rule out an underlying medical problem that causes increased appetite and also rule out side effects from medications you may take. Once you and your doctor eliminate those possibilities, it does appear that your increased appetite is psychological. Perhaps you are using food to comfort or distract yourself or fill a void in your life, and this means of coping is escalating and becoming habitual. It would likely benefit you to explore this possibility with a mental health professional who can help you develop alternative constructive ways to cope.

Naomi Jacobs, Ph.D.
Hi there,

This is a very good question. People eat for different reasons, some people eat when emotionally depressed, anxious, or if they are addicted to the types of food that they are eating, like sugar processed foods. You might want to see a therapist for this and process how the food you are eating is making you feel. Typically, if you’re eating a lot of sugar, usually sugar makes you feel better, which in turn will let you know that you might be dealing with some sort of depression or you might be missing something in your life. It’s a great thing to know when you going to therapy. I hope this helps.
It may be that you are not being satiated when you eat. A few things to consider would be to get a physical to rule out any medical issues like thyroid, worms, consult a nutritionist, and monitor your comfort eating.
Please consult with a medical doctor first. Then, I would suggest seeing a psychologist for counseling to investigate the question further.
The best strategy is for you to consult with your gp or internist and get a physical including blood work. It’s important to rule out physiological causes. It’s also a good idea to make an appt. with a psychologist who will help you explore emotional reasons for over-eating, e.g., efforts to self soothe, etc. We distinguish between appetite and hunger, and over-eating is a complex interplay between psychological, physiological, and social cue. This is why seeing both your gp and a mental health professional is a solid, comprehensive strategy.
I wish you the best.
Some people are emotional eaters. They eat to stop from feeling sad or depressed. You could also be lacking in certain nutrients also. I would first check with your doctor, and go from there.
Always rule out first a medical issue - see your medical doctor. Once accomplished and the results are known, consider seeing a therapist specializing in eating disorders.
It may be if you’ve had a lot of stress or significant life changes recently. It could also be a result of poor eating habits.
This could be both biological and psychological. I would encourage you to see a nutritionist and a mental health professional trained with eating disorders.
It’s not really psychological, it is medical. Your body is needing something and you are just using junk food instead. Try taking vitamin supplements.
You are expressing a symptom of an underlying emotional and psychological issue.
Several issues may be creating this problem. Psychologically speaking, impulsive eating can be a way of comforting ourselves when stressed, anxious, and/or depressed. If you have felt unable to satiate your appetite for a while now, think about if you've been experiencing more stress than usual when it started, or ask yourself if you've always dealt with stress by eating to comfort yourself. Also, there are several medical factors that might cause you to eat more (e.g., thyroid issues, hormone imbalances etc...), so if stress is not the answer, then it would be in your best interest to have a medical evaluation. I hope this helps!