5 Unexpected Signs That You're Depressed
Photo: Tetra Images/Getty Images
Feeling moody before your period and having carb cravings? Totally normal a few days out of the month. What's not normal is if you have carby, sugary cravings most days of the month. In a 2010 study, people who were possibly depressed ate 8.4 servings of chocolate per month, compared with healthy individuals who ate 5.4 servings per month. "There's a natural carb craving that happens both when you have your period and when you're depressed," Holland says. Your brain is searching for a pick-me-up from serotonin—it temporarily makes you feel that everything is good. "Carbs provide an insulin spike that drives the raw materials your body needs to make serotonin across the blood-brain barrier," she says. Hence, the chocolate craziness.