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Recovering From Ed and Antidepressant Use: a Journey of Self Acceptance and Intuitive Eating

A Reddit user shares her weight journey post-antidepressant use, and how she learned to accept her weight gain through intuitive eating and mental health progress.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A picture of a 5'4" female showing a weight gain from 125 pounds to 133 pounds. A respectable gain of 8 pounds.
F/25/5’4’ [125 > 133 = 8lbs] 3 months. intuitive eating. History of ED. Trying to accept my weight gain as I came off my antidepressant (stimulant) for the first time in SIX years 💙😭 trying to convince myself the weight gain is a small price to pay for the mental progress.
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For many individuals who undergo antidepressant therapy, one of the most common side effects is weight gain. Coupled with a history of Eating Disorders (ED), this can be a very difficult—and often disheartening—experience. However, in this case study, we explore the journey of a Reddit user named xxlostgirl22, who shares her personal story of post-antidepressant weight gain, the struggles of accepting her new body shape, and her ultimate triumph through self-love and intuitive eating.

The Journey

After six years of antidepressant therapy, xxlostgirl22 decided to transition off her medication. In the process, she gained eight pounds and struggled with her self-image. She posted her journey on Reddit, sharing her transformational three-month journey of intuitive eating and self-acceptance. The post elicited a supportive response, and many users chimed in to share their own experiences and words of encouragement.

The Mental Progress

The biggest progress xxlostgirl22 made on this journey was in her mental health. She came to terms with the fact that the weight gain was a small price to pay for her newfound mental stability. She learned that self-love and self-acceptance were critical in overcoming the negative self-talk that had plagued her for years. Through this journey, she found that self-care, joy, and fulfillment were more important than a number on the scale.

The Role of Intuitive Eating

Intuitive eating played an important role in xxlostgirl22's journey. Rather than restricting herself, she listened to her body's natural hunger cues and ate mindfully. She learned to find joy in food and a balanced lifestyle, instead of obsessing over calorie counts and restricting certain food groups. This approach allowed her to stay focused on her mental and physical health without judgment or shame, and helped her remain consistent with her healthy lifestyle changes.


xxlostgirl22's journey underscores the importance of mental health and self-acceptance in any weight loss journey. By prioritizing her well-being and focusing on her mental health, she found that her body followed suit. Additionally, her use of intuitive eating helped her establish a healthy relationship with food, which was key to maintaining her progress over time. When it comes to weight loss, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, it's about finding what works for your specific situation while prioritizing your mental and physical health.

We have the same body type it's just my breast is a little bigger and we have the same exact situation I'm also trying to convince myself that gaining weight is to help my mental health and I'm barely holding back from going to bad eating behavior.

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Madeleine is passionate about empowering individuals with the information and tools they need to transform their bodies and lives.