Anxiety and weight loss

Anxiety and weight loss

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Maya80

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Jun 10, 2006
I've lost about 10 pounds dealing with anxiety and panic attacks..now i want to gain them back but it's so hard..has anyone been in my shoes...i weight now maybe 95 pounds and people tell me i look sick when I don't want to..I just want to get better and it gets me even more frustrated and when I get nervous I can't eat...my family wants to take me to a nutritionist...any advice???
Dan

Remsenburg, NY

#2 Jul 28, 2006
Maya I recently lost about 10 lbs dealing with anxiety issues and coming off Klonopin, which wasnt needed. I am now back on it. I too DO NOT want to lose weight. I am hoping to rebound from this and start eating substance foods again. Believe me, I know how hard this is. We live in a society that cares about losing weight. No one seems to care about "us" at times. I'm maintaining my weight drinking Ensure's. They come in 250 and 350 calorie bottles. Also, I eat at every change I get, however minimal the meal or snack is.
Terri

Washington, DC

#4 Apr 28, 2007
I have lost about 20 pounds due to stress and anxiety. I have so much going on in my life that I don't have time to eat a well balnaced diet. When I do have the time, I just don't have an appetite. People have told me that I am starting to lose to much weight and am beginning to look sick. I want to get back to my pervious weight.
Danielle

Roanoke, VA

#5 Jun 23, 2007
I have been suffering from panic attacks for over a month now. I am new to having to take any medications and Xanax isn't cutting it. I don't like the way that it makes me feel. I went to my doctor and have lost 8 pounds in over four months. He seemed concerned but I didn't think that was a big drop. However, my nerves make it hard for me to want to eat. Am I the only one finding it hard to deal with this disorder??
Cath

Toronto, Canada

#6 Aug 24, 2007
I too have lost an additional 10 lbs over the last 8-10 months or so (and now weigh about 108), however a healthy weight for me is about 122 lbs - I am also getting the same comments and do feel that I look too skinny...I am seeking psycho therapy starting next week and am going to pursue more medical advice as the anxiety has really made my stomache very nervous and unable to eat much and keep much in..so I am finally trying to get to the bottom of my anxiety/depression.
Mikki

Lake Charles, LA

#7 Aug 24, 2007
Cath wrote:
I too have lost an additional 10 lbs over the last 8-10 months or so (and now weigh about 108), however a healthy weight for me is about 122 lbs - I am also getting the same comments and do feel that I look too skinny...I am seeking psycho therapy starting next week and am going to pursue more medical advice as the anxiety has really made my stomache very nervous and unable to eat much and keep much in..so I am finally trying to get to the bottom of my anxiety/depression.
I have been battling anxiety and panic attacks for about 6 years and had to get off of meds due to pregnancy but recently around June, my anxiety and panic is back full blown. My nerves are so bad some days I cannot eat and there days I am fine. I have probably lost 10 lbs in the last 2 months. It is starting to worry me. I really just want to know if it is normal to lose weight during stressfull times...people are also making comments on my weight and I don't like that.
jacob

United States

#8 Sep 24, 2007
Yes, I would say based on experience that anixiety induced weight loss is normal. I recently went to the Dr. for the same reasons, nt so much panic attacks, but stress in general. He ran blood work which all came back normail, and his conclusion was that the loss was probably anxiety related and wanted to prescribe me a medicine to help deal with anxiety.
tasha

Gloucester, UK

#9 Oct 7, 2007
Ive always been slim but after having my first baby, i continued to lose so much wieght. my eyes began to look tired all the time and i look ill or surreing from an eating disorder! the amount of times ive had to explain to people that i do enjoy my food. i now weigh about 7.5 stone but i am 5ft7"tall and so feel really slim. lately i seem to be getting worse, i eat more in the morning and early afternoon, then i tend to not be able to eat dinner but eat tid bits to keep me going. when im extra stressed the thought of eating makes me feel sick. Only a month ago i was eating more than enough, id have breakfast, lunch with a huge roast dinner followed by pudding and then even two wheatabix before bed and i would still be loosing weight. now its getting harder to eat and i dont feel i have the depression side of it i just feel like im struggling with life cause im feeling too weak. im going to the doctors cause ive finally given in to coping on my own. does anyone know what kind of medication you can be given to help you put on weight?
stephanie

Vernalis, CA

#10 Oct 18, 2007
I'm not sure if the reason why I lost weight was because of anxiety or panic attacks. I do know that I over worry and I'm very paranoid. Sometimes I get really really scared and fearful when I think of certain things. I didn't really go on a diet, I don't think so. It's just sometimes I get sick of eating breakfasts so I would skip it on certain days. Then comes lunch and I would eat a bit of snack or sometimes nothing at all. I would eat dinner though. After that, I started losing some weight and at that time, I felt happy because I thought that I was FAT. But then my family, friends, and boyfriend tell me that I'm getting really skinny and I have to start eating more. I still didn't care. During that time when I was losing weight though, I went through having a new step mom, dealing with my last year of high school, and having my first boyfriend of my life. It's weird because people tend to gain more weight when they have a boyfriend/girlfriend but I was losing weight instead. I really focused a lot on our relationship and was addicted to him that I didn't care about anything else. Especially eating because I get really self conscious to let him see me eat so that's why I would skip lunch since he was there. I know it's stupid to do that and I don't feel that way anymore but it's kind of too late since I already lost the weight. Then more people started telling me that I was skinny and that when it finally kicked into me that this is unhealthy. That was when I felt really scared and worried and just terrible. I lost about 8-10 pounds in about six months. I'm not losing anymore because right now I'm trying to gain weight. But I haven't succeeded yet. I've gained some but then it went back down again because I wasn't consistent. I also get really discouraged when I see that I do try to eat but then I don't gain any pounds. Those are the times when I really want to give up. I still have my fears along with those feelings of being discouraged. I don't know what's wrong with me.
Maggie Ireland

Cork, Ireland

#11 Nov 1, 2007
tasha wrote:
Ive always been slim but after having my first baby, i continued to lose so much wieght. my eyes began to look tired all the time and i look ill or surreing from an eating disorder! the amount of times ive had to explain to people that i do enjoy my food. i now weigh about 7.5 stone but i am 5ft7"tall and so feel really slim. lately i seem to be getting worse, i eat more in the morning and early afternoon, then i tend to not be able to eat dinner but eat tid bits to keep me going. when im extra stressed the thought of eating makes me feel sick. Only a month ago i was eating more than enough, id have breakfast, lunch with a huge roast dinner followed by pudding and then even two wheatabix before bed and i would still be loosing weight. now its getting harder to eat and i dont feel i have the depression side of it i just feel like im struggling with life cause im feeling too weak. im going to the doctors cause ive finally given in to coping on my own. does anyone know what kind of medication you can be given to help you put on weight?
I have been suffering from anxiety for about 10 months now. I started having panic attacks out of nowhere and have had all sorts of tests for back pain, nausea etc.. Now i am getting recurrent urinary tract infections and am seeing a counsellor trying to deal with and get rid of all these symptoms as they are really affecting my life. I have lost about 2 stone overall through all of this and no matter what i eat, i may put on a little bit but then i get another infection or start feeling sick again and the weight just falls off me. Feels like i am fighting a losing battle and people keep commenting on my weight which really upsets me as i really want to get back to my old weight, i just can't!
And seeing magazine articles about how terrible skinny people look really upsets me because they never think of people like us who are struggling to put on weight everyday! I think the weight loss has added hugely to my anxiety and so it feels like a vicious circle i can't get out of..
Alee

United States

#12 Dec 8, 2007
I feel for everyone here. I have suffered my whole life with anxiety. Two years ago I, 5'10" was 97 lbs. My lowest weight ever, I used to fluctuate from 105- 110. I was suicidal and voluntarily admitted myself to a hospital. It has been such a hard road, ridicule from everywhere, when all I want to do is eat normally. Not feel nausea, anxiety. Its hard to explain this to people who can eat without thinking. My parents instilled in me shame around eating too little, instead of asking why I was so tense. They would say during my adolescent years that i looked like i fell out of Auchwitz. So I felt like i was being a Hitler to myself. Great way to think of yourself at 12. It still haunts me. I'm 120 lbs. now and trying to gain, going to therapy, going to shrink. But I have a long road ahead. It is NOT ok for people to comment on anyone's weight. unless they are a doctor and are evaluating you. People come out of the wood works when I'm feeling self conscious, and they seem to prey on it. Yes. I'm 29 years old and I think i know my body. All i can say is that it is PERSONAL. and leave it at that, if they want to fill up their time gossipping about what they think is wrong, then so be it. No answer or comment back will change their selfish attack on my body.
Meditation helps for me, crying, and acceptance of anxiety. I think medications are blankets, and after a while they become threadbare and leave you shaking again. Be careful. Peace be with you all.
lisa

Bradford, UK

#13 Dec 22, 2007
i to suffer from painc attacks. i have been loosing weight over the last three days i was 10.4 now im 9 11 that is in three days i feel sick all the time every day with out fail so i dont eat alot when i do eat i feel sick and full really quick im worried some one please help
Stunny

Miami, FL

#14 Dec 23, 2007
I have lost 20 lbs. since April due to anxiety and lack of appetite and nausea. I see a lot of us have the same problem with eating, not not much advice on how we can help ourselves with this. I am currently taking Klonopin for two months and felt it wasn't helping so tried to wean off. But the doctor had me trying to do it too fast and I'm back on again, just to get thru the holidays. I want so badly to gain back the weight and feel normal. My family thinks I should just force myself to eat, but as we all know, it isn't that easy. Evenings are best for me and I try to be sure to eat well then. I keep Ensure around and was also told Carnation Instant Breakfast tastes better, but still has calories and some nutrients. Even grabbing a smoothie or milkshake may help. Good luck to all.

Since: Dec 07

Chilliwack, Canada

#15 Dec 23, 2007
I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one dealing with this weight issue. Whenever I mention it to people who are not suffering from anxiety, they always say "that's a good thing isn't it?". But it isn't. I was recently diagnosed with anxiety/anxiety attacks and was put on Citalopram. I have not been eating well at all and Citalopram has also made it worst (one of the side effects).My appetite is non existent. My doctor suggested that if I have problems eating meals, to snack instead. Snacking throughout the day may be easier than forcing yourself to eat a meal. I am also thinking of getting some Ensure or Boost for the calories.
lisa

Gloucester, UK

#16 Dec 24, 2007
hi every one, im so upset by all this i feel really poorly its christmas day tomorrow and i just dont want to feel like this i have 2 kids and i dont want to spoil it for them. i tryed eating and i just feel sick i keep losing weight and my stomach is killing i keep thinking i have got cancer or some bad illness does any one else feel like this
Phil

Surbiton, UK

#17 Dec 24, 2007
I cannot tell you all how reading your comments have bought tears to my eyes. Realising that i am not the only person to be dealing with anxiety. It was for me, in around April time and since then i have lost around 20lbs or more. I wake up every morning feeling sick, exciting adventures......i feel sick and anything that is not doing nothing where i feel safe. I have friends and family telling me that i am "wasting away", "looking skinny", "unwell" or sick, which just makes me feel ten times worse, and more worried and obsessive. I went on steroids to bring my weight back up but with litlle reuslts, just mood swings i stopped taking them, I am worried about the christmas period because i will see family and friends who i havent seen for a while who will make comments, i will probably end up wearing 10 t shirts and jumpers just to stop the comments.
Now i have booked an appointment with a trained Psychologist, who i am very confident will get me back on the straight and narrow! Take care all, and my thoughts are with you all. As Buddah says:
"The Secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly"
I realise this is much easier said than done, but just think about what thats trying to say.
Merry Christmas.
P.s Lisa, try and enjoy yourself tomorrow we will all be feeling the same. Just remember Santa brings gifts to good girls and boys! lol xxx
Phil

Surbiton, UK

#18 Dec 24, 2007
I cannot tell you all how reading your comments have bought tears to my eyes. Realising that i am not the only person to be dealing with anxiety. It was for me in around april time and since then i have lost around 20lbs or more. I wake up every morning feeling sick, exciting adventures......i feel sick and anything that is not doing nothing where i feel safe. I have friends and family telling me that i am "wasting away", "looking skinny", "unwell" or sick, which just makes me feel ten times worse, and more worried and obsessive. I went on steroids to bring my weight back up, but with litlle reuslts, just mood swings i stopped taking them, I am worried about the christmas period because i will see family and friends who i havent seen for a while who will make comments. And i will probably end up wearing 10 t shirts and jumpers just to stop the comments.
Now i have booked an appointment with a trained Psychologist, who i am very confident will get me back on the straight and narrow! Take care all, and my thoughts are with you all. As Buddah says:
"The Secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the futurem, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly"
I realise this is much easier said than done, but just think about whats thats trying to say.
Merry Christmas.
P.s Lisa, try and enjoy yourself tomorrow we will all be feeling the same. Just remember Santa brings gifts to good girls and boys! lol xxx

Since: Dec 07

Chilliwack, Canada

#19 Dec 24, 2007
lisa wrote:
hi every one, im so upset by all this i feel really poorly its christmas day tomorrow and i just dont want to feel like this i have 2 kids and i dont want to spoil it for them. i tryed eating and i just feel sick i keep losing weight and my stomach is killing i keep thinking i have got cancer or some bad illness does any one else feel like this
Hi Lisa! I have the same problem as you. Everytime I think of having to sit down to eat, I become anxious. It has gotten a little better, but I am attributing that to the anti-depressant my DR has put me on. However, with the anti-depressant, my appetite is non existant. Therefore, I just try to snack instead of trying to eat 3 big meals. I find this helps relieve the anxiety I feel when forced to sit down to eat a meal. I know it's difficult with Christmas tomorrow, but maybe you can explain to your children that you are not feeling too well and just can't eat. Letting them know what is going on will probably help them more instead of keeping them in the dark. I hope this helps!

Since: Dec 07

Chilliwack, Canada

#20 Dec 24, 2007
Phil wrote:
I cannot tell you all how reading your comments have bought tears to my eyes. Realising that i am not the only person to be dealing with anxiety. It was for me in around april time and since then i have lost around 20lbs or more. I wake up every morning feeling sick, exciting adventures......i feel sick and anything that is not doing nothing where i feel safe. I have friends and family telling me that i am "wasting away", "looking skinny", "unwell" or sick, which just makes me feel ten times worse, and more worried and obsessive. I went on steroids to bring my weight back up, but with litlle reuslts, just mood swings i stopped taking them, I am worried about the christmas period because i will see family and friends who i havent seen for a while who will make comments. And i will probably end up wearing 10 t shirts and jumpers just to stop the comments.
Now i have booked an appointment with a trained Psychologist, who i am very confident will get me back on the straight and narrow! Take care all, and my thoughts are with you all. As Buddah says:
"The Secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the futurem, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly"
I realise this is much easier said than done, but just think about whats thats trying to say.
Merry Christmas.
P.s Lisa, try and enjoy yourself tomorrow we will all be feeling the same. Just remember Santa brings gifts to good girls and boys! lol xxx
Hi Phil!

Do you feel that your anxiety is always worst in the morning? From the minute I wake up in the morning, I usually already feel anxious. It usually tapers off by early afternoon, but I usually feel sick to my stomach in the morning.

It definitely helps to know that you are not the only going through this and that there are people out there who can sympathize.
Phil

Surbiton, UK

#21 Dec 24, 2007
Mellyanne, In response to your post...Yes most definatly! I will avoid waking up early, i wont talk in the morning because i feel sick, food/drink is the last thing on my mind and i cant even think about food till at least 12-1pm. If you would like to talk on instant messenger, i have msn. And would love to talk with you about this more...as it certainly helps me!
Phil

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