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Unhappy Not sure if this is the right section.. - October 20th 2014, 06:48 AM

Hi, I've never posted here as of yet. I don't know if this is the right section. But I started taking Zoloft in February for anxiety/depression. I gained [Edited] while taking it. I quit taking it around June. I only look like I've gained about [Edited], but I used to weigh around [Edited] and now I'm at [Edited]. I'm a vegan, I eat healthy. I have an eating disorder, I binge and purge or outright starve myself, and have done so for years, but when I binge, it's a cup of rice. The only things I eat are fruit smoothies (just blended fruit, no sugar), lentils, cucumbers, tomatoes, and other similar things. No processed foods. As I said, the only unhealthy things I eat are things like potatoes and rice. For some reason I never lose weight. This just drives my eating disorders worse, because it makes me feel I cannot eat even potatoes now. Next I won't be able to eat smoothies. I hardly eat anything anymore and none of it is unhealthy. I cannot lose any of the weight from Zoloft. I just fluctuate between [Edited] and [Edited]. This is really offsetting my eating disorders because I don't understand why I cannot lose it. There is no reason for this, but even when I was at a lower weight, I never lost weight either, which was okay, I was learning to accept my weight at [Edited]. This has offset everything, I cannot sleep at night, I stay up until 11 am and then sleep all day. Repeat. I won't go to school until I lose the weight because it is embarrassing and makes me feel anxious and I hate the way I look, I hate being awake. Even though it only looks like I gained [Edited], I don't care. I know what the scale says and it is driving me insane. Nobody has been able to help (talked to a nurse, doctor, and another medical professional). No one can tell me why I cannot lose weight. As I said, even before Zoloft I couldn't lose weight. I'm right back at square one with my eating disorders, and I don't want to wake up, I just want to sleep all the time. It doesn't help that I am a drug user and this is making me want to use them way more than ever before.

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Re: Not sure if this is the right section.. - October 21st 2014, 10:29 PM

I am so sorry that you are going through such a tough/difficult time right now. I completely understand what you are going through.

Most, if not all, of the medications out there on the market right now have side effects. Here is a link to a website that gives you some side effects of zoloft: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhe...ffects_section

Have you tried talking to your doctor about the side effect(s) that this medication is causing you to experience? If not, I think you should really bring it up with them as they will be able to shed some light on the situation and they will be able to tell you what to do next.

There could be a lot of reasons as to why you are not losing any of the weight. It could be anything from, of course, the medication to stress to changes in your diet and exercise. You need to eat a healthy balance of nutrients and for people that have eating disorders, that can be especially hard to do. Do you have any other medical conditions that may be effecting your weight? Do you have problems with your thyroid? I think you really need to talk to your doctor about this as it may help you out in the near future.

Are you currently seeing a therapist/counselor? If not, I highly suggest that you do as it may be beneficial for you in the long run. I think that your eating disorder is causing you some distress in your waking life and if you keep all of these negative thoughts/feelings to yourself, then you are going to get worse and worse. I know it can be hard to talk to someone about this, but it will be a welcome relief if you get these negative thoughts/feelings off your chest.

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Re: Not sure if this is the right section.. - October 24th 2014, 08:44 PM

Hey there,

It can be really frustrating when you are eating a certain diet and you aren't losing weight. As stated there can be a lot of different reasons for this. I know that I struggle with weight related issues as well and due to this my weight fluctuates a lot and I struggle with losing weight even when I am starving myself. I know you said that you have talked to your doctors about this but have you been completely honest with them about your eating habits? Have you told them that you struggle with an eating disorder? If not you might want to do so because this could impact the advice that they give you.

I have taken zoloft and I didn't see any issues with weight gain and I think you should talk to your prescribing doctor about your concerns because they might be able to address the issue and help you figure out what to do.

Are you currently seeing a therapist? If not I suggest that you look into seeing one to help work on the issues underlying your eating disorder. If you can work on these issues in therapy you might be able to start working on moving forward from your eating disorder and start eating a healthier diet. Therapy is a really beneficial tool when it comes to healing from and eating disorder.

I hope that this helped and if you need anything please feel free to message me.

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