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  1. I have been on Lexapro for a little over a year, and I’ve slowly gained almost 20 lbs. I’m a short person and a recovering anorexic and I can’t stand the way I look or feel. I’m not heavy but for me its too much. My doctor recommended I add a low dose of Wellbutrin, and we did the risk of seizures at higher doses, but I’m terrified of the possibility so I think that’s a hard pass on that one. I feel like I’m stuck now. I need the Lex but I can’t stand to gain even one more ounce. I feel like I have no other med options. Help anyone?
  2. Hi Ambiguity, I was on Zoloft for about nine months (two years ago) and I didn't gain any weight at all. This med worked wonderfully for me, for OCD, anxiety and depression. I stopped taking it and with a gradual taper, and that process was also very easy. All in all, I had a very positive experience with Zoloft, and it truly saved me. Did you have any other side effects with Zoloft? Unfortunately I have found myself drifting back into a dark place and I may decide to return to the Zoloft if I continue to struggle. At least I know it has worked for me in the past and I hope that it would do the same for me this time. I hope that if you decide to try it again that you have the same success as I did. Maybe it was the other medication you were taking that caused fluctuations in your weight, or a combination of the two. Peace to you
  3. Thanks to both of you for your replies. The loneliness and pain are sometimes overwhelming and knowing I can reach out for support is a comfort.
  4. I wake up every morning praying to find some joy in my day. I have been dealing with chronic pain from severe osteoporosis for two years, two blood disorders, and watching my dear mom’s decline into stage seven of Alzheimer’s disease. I have an unfulfilling job and I’m on medical leave right now because of my utter exhaustion. I had my first bout of depression 20 years ago following a relationship ending very painfully. It came back with a vengeance two years ago, triggering my OCD and an eating disorder at the ripe old age of 51. I have horrible insomnia and high blood pressure, probably due to all the stress in my life. I’m seeing a nutritionist to gain weight and eat healthy, and I’m seeing a psychologist to address the other issues that have brought me to this point. Some days I’m motivated to get better, but most days lately I find myself caring less and less. What’s the point, to live in pain and anguish, missing my mom’s presence, comfort, friendship and love, and at the same time, worrying about my fate with the disease. My great grandma, grandma, mom and aunt have all been afflicted. I’m assuming things won’t look so good for me, either. So I live in physical pain now, only having the fear that sometime in the future I will begin the slow journey into Alzheimer’s? Only God knows. My husband is “supportive” but only if I draw him in. I’m tired of soliciting his concern, advise, attention, etc. so I’m withdrawing more and more. I find some peace and happiness when I spend time with my parents, holding on to my mom while she is still minimally present, and supporting my dad, the most amazing and loving caretaker I have ever seen. Other than that, I am empty. I’m not suicidal, but I pray that the world will end because I am setting my sights on heaven and find so little, if any pleasure, in this life right now. I long for peace, and just can’t find it. Thanks for reading and understanding. I feel so very alone.
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