Can depression effect sense of taste?

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Kythe
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   Posted 11/19/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
There are times when it seems like nothing I eat tastes good. I know it's just me and not the food because my family will tell me the meal tastes fine when I comment on it. It seems like I'm always in a really bad mood when this happens. So is it possible for depression to have an impact on one's sense of taste?
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Akram
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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe your right who knows, I'm having the same problems myself. I seem to be very picky when it comes to home cooked food in the last few years. what ever I do I try to listen to my body signals, if my body tells me not to eat something I usually listen to it, and eat something else because if I don't I usually pay the price and end up throwing up or something..
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have noticed that too. If I am not feeling good, nothing tastes good. I think it is just that negative response that we have when we are depressed. You might be on to something. Our other senses seem to be negative so why wouldn't our tastebuds?

Good topic,

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Kythe
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the responses. Glad to know I'm not the only one with taste issues.

I'm not exactly sure what you mean Karen about other senses being negative. Do you ever experience changes in sense of smell, hearing, or even vision when depressed? I can't say I've ever experienced any senses other than taste being effected. Though many times I wish my sense of smell would be impaired, being that so many smells make me feel sick thanks to the stupid fibro.
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Akram
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
one of the things I noticed, I started to dislike cooked carrot in the food... it was never a problem before.. also I started to dislike certain herbs like zatar in a pizza, even though I like zatar by itself ( sorry don't know what's zatar is called in english :P ) , so whenever its in the pizza I just eat anything else thats available ...
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   Posted 11/19/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
i think its just our overall outlook. i love food as a whole, and when i am in the deep darkness of my depression, any food, even the one's i like. tastes crappy. i usually like listening to music, but eversince, i never wanted to listen to music. depression i think affects our senses more than we notice. i used to like sunsets, now i loathe them and do not find them beautiful.

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   Posted 11/19/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
That is exactly what I mean. We see ourselves differently even. So there is sight. Kythe, you said that things don't smell good to you. That could be a part of negative thinking. It all connects. We hear things people say differently when we are depressed, and sounds bother us that don't usually. That happens with fibro too. So I think all senses can be distorted by the way we are feeling and looking at things.

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Kythe
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   Posted 11/19/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I just want to clarify that that I said that there are many smells that make me feel sick. That doesn't mean they don't smell good, but I can't smell them without experiencing an "allergic type" response. I just seem to be so sensitive to smells that many times I will get a headache, clogged ears, coughing, dizziness, nausea, or asthma from a smell that doesn't agree with me. For example, I don't think that cinnamon smells bad, but if I smell any cinnamon scented products it's an instant headache for me. So I don't think this particular issue is psychological because it effects me whether I'm in a horrid mood or having the best time of my life.

I know what you mean about the sound though. When I was younger I used to love the sound of my cockatiels singing. These days I can't stand it. It's just so shrill and they do the same tune over and over throughout the day and it just drives me nuts. I also have a similar issue with a different bird who tends to scream this very grating screech every time I come home and it's very hard for me not to loose my temper over it. I also find myself getting angry at sounds going on outside the house such as other people mowing their lawn or their dogs barking and these things didn't drive me up the wall so easily in the past. I feel like if something is going on outside and I can hear it inside my house with all the windows and doors shut, then it's too loud. I wish they made better earplugs. I own earplugs with the highest sound reduction rating available and they aren't anywhere near good enough. Also the longer I have them in the less effective they get because my ears seem to adapt to them and my sense of hearing gets more acute.
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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Kythe,
 
Hello, I noticed you have allergies so that could play a roll in how things you smell and taste affect you.
Also medications can make foods taste different. My sister in on chemo and after her first session things tasted mettalic to her.
 
Just food for thought.
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   Posted 11/20/2008 4:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I took wellbutrin for a while and it made everything taste weird.

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