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Anti-depressants and weight gain? - August 5th 2017, 10:28 PM

So my therapist is giving me two weeks to show her I don't need to be medicated. To be honest, being put on anti-depressants scares me. My brain will just see that as a sign that something is really wrong with me, and it already does that as it is.

So now I'm trying to think of things that trigger me to cut, so that I can fix them and I won't get medicated. And one of things that always triggers me is my weight. I'm a dancer so I have a lot of muscle, but I hate the way I look. My thighs are too big, my stomach isn't flat, my arms jiggle. And I'm starting to contemplate different ways to lose weight fast, and so I'm cutting down on what I'm eating, and if that doesn't work I might start purging, since I've been considering that for a while.

I read online that anti depressants can cause weight gain and I'm really scared because I'm 5 foot 4 and [Edited] and I can't gain any more weight.


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Re: Anti-depressants and weight gain? - August 5th 2017, 11:27 PM

Weight gain can happen with quite number of Anti-depressants. However, the thing to consider is that just because a potential side effect is weight gain doesn't mean it will happen. There are a lot of psychiatric drugs that doctors feel have a more neutral effect on weight. I mean, I have been on pretty much every anti-depressant and I have never really experienced the side effect of gaining weight.

If it's something that you are worried about, discuss it with your doctor and see if the two of you can come up with a medication that has a lesser chance of causing weight gain.

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Re: Anti-depressants and weight gain? - August 5th 2017, 11:36 PM

Hey there, I resisted medication for the longest time partially because I was worried about this. I started on my first anti-depressant about a month ago and aside from mild expected side effects that have passed now, it was the best decision I've made and I haven't gained any weight. The best thing you can do is bring it up with whoever is prescribing them and they can start you on one that is less likely to cause weight gain. If you're new to medication, they'll probably start you off with a low dose of a milder medicine.

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