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Can sugar make you happy?

Asked by lovespurple (279points) January 26th, 2011 from iPhone

Literally. Do you think sugar can replace antidepressants for minor depression?

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6rant6's avatar

No more so than, say cocaine.

It may work for a while, but it won’t work forever. And it contributes to the blues in between.

syz's avatar

I think exercise would be a more effective self medication for minor depression. Sugar, while pleasant, doesn’t seem to be a mood altering substance for me.

Meego's avatar

I think sugar is a false sense of hope, like you only feel better for a moment cause your lost in thought about how tasty the treat is.

Nullo's avatar

Sugar alone, no, sugar in a pseudo-Pavlovian conjunction with, say, a birthday, maybe.
Of our common drugs, I’d say that caffeine would go a longer way.

Cruiser's avatar

I love a square of dark chocolate and it really does relax me. Only dark chocolate has that effect.

Judi's avatar

It IS more like a drug. An initial high, then you crash worse than ever. A better natural treatment to alieve depression is exercise. Walk ½ hour a day and you WILL see improvement.

Nullo's avatar

My best depression-breaker (for minor depression, since that’s what we’re talking about) relies entirely on the chemicals that I’ve already got sloshing around in the ol’ noggin: I come up with a plan to do something. Always feasible, generally romantic, like moving to Germany to teach English, or fulfill the dream of many a childhood and drive a train for a living, or going to graduate school. I guess it’s how I tell myself that, yes, I still have my entire adult life ahead of me, and I’m not confined to my present, occasionally gloomy circumstances.

faye's avatar

If the sugar is incorporated into a sweet, chocolatey, gooey bit of loveliness, I say yes, temporary help.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

One of the things that keeps me ticking and alive. Just like air and water for me!

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

For a little while, and then you crash

lovespurple's avatar

lol, ok just wondering. I was stressed last night and getting very overwhelmed and depressed. I ate a popsicle and from then on was happy. That’s why I asked.

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