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A 25-year-old male asked:

is it possible to lose 17lbs in 2 weeks from anxiety attacks. i was 251 just weighed myself and i'm 234. ?

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Dr. Anu Challa
Psychiatry 8 years experience
Quite possible: it is quite possible - when one is anxious- there is sympathetic stimulation- basically increase in adrenaline. and this can lead to weight loss. An analogy is- taking stimulants (Rx for ADHD) which would result in weight loss. The issue is that our bodies are not meant to be in constant state of stress and cause side effects - so anxiety needs to be treated HTH

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