help please - weight loss normal for anxiety?

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I'm so worried for the last 3 weeks I've been on st johns wort for my anxiety but finally went to my Gp Thursday and got sertraline 50mg. However the last week I've lost about 6.5lbs is this normal with anxiety? I'm so scared its something serious. I have been taking some aloe vera colon cleanse tablets recently too so maybe them? I'm booked to see my Gp but that's not til next Thursday sad

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    Hey! I lost so much weight when I first got anxiety. My parents were so worried, and because no one takes anxiety seriously they just think anxiety is something you can fix easily and not much to worry about don't they lol, but I lost so much weight, a stone and a half over about 3 months!!!! But now I'm on medication and having therapy the weight has come back, I personally think you gain weight when you first get anxiety because you are SO worried about your illness it physically drains you. And I spent so much time staying up googleing anxiety and stuff, and you forget to eat because all your attention goes on thinking about anxiety. Well it did for me anyway xxxxx
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      Thanks Jade. Don't get me wrong I do need to lose weight but I've never lost this Mich in 6 days sad

      I know my appetite is poor although i'm purposely eating fatty foods to try and put weight on but its not happening. I probably need to drink more too.

      Its just losing weight and people commenting about it on top of aches and pains makes u worry doesn't it

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      Trust me, I completely understand!!!!

      When anxiety is mainly in your Brian it's scary, but when you start seeing physical symptoms such as pins and needles, aches, pains, WEIGHT LOSS, that's when it makes it even more scarier. BUT remember anxiety cannot harm you. I'm now doing metacognitive therapy and on citalopram, and my weights gone back to normal xx

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    Hi Lynne, it's common to lose your appitite when your very anxious. If your not really eating properly, and losing weight, then that's not really anything to worry about. But if your eating as normal and losing a lot of weight then you should see your doctor. My mum had severe anxiety (says she felt like she was going mad) and dramatic weight loss and it was overactive thyroid, which is perfectly treatable but you definitely need to get it checked out. Hope that helps x
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      Thanks I am eating less so that could be why. I told the Gp the other day and he didn't seem concerned but will ask again. I'm eating chocolate and other snacks when I do feel hungry but its loads less than I normally eat
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    I was size 12 when my anxiety started I am now 8 stone 5 ! And size 6-8 I worry all the time making sure doctor know that I eat crap and lots of food and still no weight gain I was always battling my weight but it's all since my sever anxiety has started so I believe it can cause that my nana is the same she was size 14 -16 she is now size 10 she is on ciatrpram xx
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    Hi Lynne, Anxiety makes you loose wieght quickly. You re burning up energy in your brain and you often can't eat so the wieght does go.

    I;m not so sure you shoul be taking the aloe vera colon cleanse tablets though. Ask your doctor.

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    Hello I also take colon cleanse pills, but have no side-effects, they are actually very good. Maybe you picked the wrong one, I am taking this: Naturalmax Enerix and Vitalix. They are 100% natural, sugar- and gluten-free.
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