The photo of me was from seven years ago long before I started taking an antidepressant. I’ve gained 30 pounds since then, 20 of them over the past year. I assure you, I don’t look like that anymore but I also don’t feel depressed anymore. I exercise every day to stay fit but the pounds are stuck to me like glue. Right now I’m wearing pants that I can’t button. Literally, they are on my body right now.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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