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Hi! When I have horrible panic attacks and anxiety, my appetite goes poof! I too gained weight on Lexapro and that's why I stopped taking it recently. Now I am finding my anxiety back and needing something again. I thinking of trying Buspar again. I tried it 11 years ago and it used to make me feel lethargic and like I had the flu when it would kick in. Eh. I was taking other things too and I am thinking the dr. had me on too high a dose. Now I am wiser and maybe it will help with my anxiety, as I don't want to take another SSRI right now.

Anyway! To your weight loss and anxiety point....I was given Vistaril. It is an antishistamine commonly given for anxiety. I found that with a Xanax, that makes me feel just fine and it also helped me eat. That's why it was given to me.

, I took myself off Lexapro and it wasn't TOO bad. I mean, I had withdrawls and that was more anxiety, a bit headachy, and real irritable at first. But that part went away, pretty much, though I do get irritated faster now when I am anxious and people are being stupid around me or in my face.

Hope this helps.
This is my first post in this site. I've been here today doing some research to help me understand what is going on with my body in regards to the new diagnosis of anxiety. I've always been a worrier and a high-strung, highly motivated person, but this past week I have begun having panic attacks and muscle spasms and twitching. I really think it is caused by stress and worry.

Regarding the topic of weight loss, it just really hits home with me right now. I've always been a 'thin' or 'skinny' person. I'm 5'3" and just weighed 101 pounds at the doctor's office on Monday. I've steadily lost weight this year and I am down from 112 pounds at the beginning of the year. I literally have no appetite. For the last few weeks I have eaten maybe 1-1/2 meals a day. I also would skip dinner and instead have a few beers. I realized this week that the reason I was doing that was because the beers would relax me. In talking to my doctor, she said that I have anxiety and she prescribed Xanax and Zoloft.

I am still waiting for the Zoloft to kick in - evidently it takes a few weeks. Also I have found that taking only 1/4 of a 0.25mg Xanax will take the edge off.

I still don't have an appetite and am struggling with eating. Yesterday was Thanksgiving and the family's attention to how little I ate caused me more anxiety than you can imagine! I had to lie and tell them I was sick just so they would stop. :( It was very hard to have such a fantastic 'foody' holiday spent picking at my food.

Interestingly, our society is typically overweight and the struggle of having no appetite and not being able to gain weight is usually met unsympathetically. So, I understand where yall are coming from and hope that we all can get ourselves together soon. ;)





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