Help me get my sexy back.
March 25, 2012 5:20 PM Subscribe
Help me deal with depression/stress-related weight loss and the resulting loss of body image. And how can I healthfully gain it back?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've lived with clinical depression for ten years (done a rather good job of it too), this last month and a half I've had a pretty rough run; laid off, living in a new city with little to no close support, money related tension with family. I'm seeing a doctor and getting treatment, my family is now aware of my current difficulty coping and I think I'm past the worst of it.
What's bothering me now is that in the last month I've lost 10 pounds from lost appetite and stress. I've always been slim and now at 107 I'm not feeling so hot. Like many with depression I struggled for a long long time with low self-esteem and while I still get down on my personality or abilities I actually managed to find a positive body image the last few years, I liked what I saw in the mirror (which is really, really weird and awesome). But now I don't see myself anymore. I see pointy hips and smaller boobs and more of that awkward boyish frame I had in high school, at the height of my self-hatred. Also, there's no way being 5'5" and 107 lbs is healthy. I'm tired and sore all the time.
So my questions are: How have you dealt with changes in your body and body-image? If you lost a lot of weight and gained it back, did you look and feel like you did before?
What's the best way to gain some healthy weight? My appetite is still a little iffy, but on the mend. I like sweets and meats, but have a hard time with breads/carbs and vegetables.