I am 25, and depressed for various reasons. A few years ago I was put on Paxil, but had horrible side effects (severe weight-gain; I could NOT stop eating, nitemares, intense sweating) and my doctors wouldnt listen to me so I just quit cold turkey one day. I managed to distract myself for awhile, but Now for the past year I have had severe depression and have been convinced by my new therapist to try meds again. I was very concerned because I strangley gained SO much weight last summer- my primary doctor is confused because with what little energy I do have, I work out almost everyday and I eat a healthy diet by my nutritionist. 9 or so months later, it wont come off. It is not even an option to gain anymore weight. I am very big now, and I want my concerns to be listened to. So today I go to a psychiatrist, and I tried to be assertive about yes yes I know I need to get on medication, but I cannot just let the pounds pack on. There is no "fat and happy" for me. He gives me zoloft, and I am seeing all over the place that everyone is gaining crazy weight on it. I am so discouraged. I am not going to take it. I dont know what to do.
-hopeless as ever-
I had tried Zoloft too. It made me feel like a zombie and I seemed to be gaining weight despite a diminished appetite. I didn't gain a lot. Maybe 5 lbs. But that was a lot considering I was eating less! I decided Zoloft was just not going to do it for me so I quit it and started taking Rhodiola Rosea. It works much, much better and I've lost the weight I gained from the Zoloft! Something you might want to consider.