Losing weight involves a lot of strenuous hours of dedication, exercise, lifestyle changes and hard work. Not everyone is willing to go through these lengths to lose weight so they are looking for a quick fix. According to the University of Minnesota, 20% of girls from ages 19-20 have abused diet pills. It is important for those who are addicted to diet pills to seek treatment before they experience long-term physical and mental effects.
Diet pills are prescription and over the counter supplements. Doctors prescribe diet pills to obese or morbidly obese patients to use for short-term to get them started at a certain weight and then to spend the remainder of their weight loss using exercise and healthy diets. Many abuse diet pills in order to speed up the weight loss process and already have an eating disorder as one of the side effects of the pills is vomiting. These pills can suppress appetite, increase metabolism, or prevent fat absorption.
Some who abuse can also have mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphia who feel like diet pills will give them the euphoria and pleasure they have been seeking. Addicts can also fear the withdrawal symptoms that can appear 6-36 hours after stopping such as depression, fatigue, fuzzy thoughts, muscle pain, and irritability. The most abused diet pills are benzphetamine which is sold as Didrex to reduce appetites in obese individuals. Diethylpropion and phentermine are used for short-term appetite suppression. You know that you have a diet pill addiction if you are dropping your hobbies, financial difficulties, increased isolation, and problems with the law since taking prescription drugs without a prescription is illegal.
There are a lot of harmful side effects that come from diet pills such as insomnia, hallucinations, chest pains, dizziness, yellow skin or eyes, dark urine or light-colored stool, and rash and itching. You can develop serious conditions like cardiovascular conditions, osteoporosis, and severe gastrointestinal conditions. Those that want to lose weight need to realize that they are not helping themselves be healthy by taking these pills and how they will cause more damage to your body. It is important to seek treatment in order for your therapist to determine any co-occurring diseases that can be the root to your diet pill addiction. Losing weight will be a rewarding feeling when you work hard and quick weight loss is not worth destroying your body.
Smarmore Castle Private Clinic in County Louth, near Dublin was founded in 1988 as a residential rehabilitation hospital treating people suffering from drug and alcohol purposes. Smarmore Castle believes eating disorders is an illness whereby a problematic relationship with food has developed commonly alongside other traits, such as negative body image, perfectionism, impulsivity and low self-esteem. Smarmore Castle can help through CBT-BN for Bulimia Nervosa, CBT-BED for Binge Eating Disorder and Interpersonal Psychotherapy and/or Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa. For more information, please call 041-214-5111. For those who live out of the country, the international number is 00353-41-214-5111.
Last updated & clinically assessed 26 March, 2021