If it wasn't for the antidepressant and the anti psychotic drug my doctor made me take for Body dysmorphic disorder I would have never needed to be on this site. He ven admitted it was one of these drugs that did it. My gyno was mainly fat friom weight gain from the drugs. and small amount of breast tissue on one side (although I can't be sure I always had that before the drugs).
It is ironic that the drugs my doctor thought could help with an appearance based mental issue caused me to get an actual real problem.I started taking them at 23 At first the drugs made me put on fat in the belly area. It then went to my face and finally chest. Strangely my legs and hips were never effected. After being on them two years I needed to shave less and also my body hair was more sparse. That was when I really noticed my chest. I also suffered from erectile dysfunction too. Because of how I reacted to my body being like this my doctor took me off them and gave me two weeks of valium I thought his attiude to helping me through the withdrwal symptoms was disgusting. A gp told me there was a seventy per cent chance I would need to go back on them because of the withdrawal and I would relapse.
I decided to prove them wrong and I did so. I suffered from these symptoms for six months. I went about two months not sleeping and getting the shakes. In the end I was put on beta blockers because of a blood pressure problem............. I made it though. Although I didn't start losing the weight gained (I went from 13 to 18 stones ) until i exercised. Because of my chest issue I went to a surgeon who told me while it was mainly fat I would probably need an op when I lost the weight. I got heavily into physical exercise and body building and as I lost weight and buffed up my chest shrunk . I had no loose skin I think due to diet and weight training. I now need to shave almost twice a day! and all my body hair came back in fact I have more now. I went back to the surgeon who said I wouldn't need an op possibly because it was drug induced and sometimes it regresses by itself. Although she did say she was rather surprised I managed to get all that fat off my chest minus loose skin.
Iam a living testament to what those drugs can do to your body. In fact my ankles swelled up hugely by the end .In fact if I hadn't had got off them when I did I think I might not be here. I was losing my health. Sorry but I would take BDD over that any day of the week. And now I don't trust doctors or drugs companies. Because I was never told about that side effect by my shrink. I even try to avoid taking painkillers because I am worried my gyno might return. I mean when your shrink who is meant to be looking after you says on discovering you have developed breasts says 'well I won't take up astrazenacas drugs reps lunch offer now ' can anyone blame me?