Ariel Winter is opening for her recent weight loss.
The "Modern Family" actress addressed concerns from a fan during a Q & A session on her Instagram Story Tuesday. The commenter asked: "Why so thin?" which prompted the 21-year-old to reveal that her new slimmer figure is because she switched anti-depressant medication.
She admitted that her original medication caused her to gain some weight and despite all her hard workouts, the pounds wouldn ' t come off.
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"For years I had been on anti-depressants that caused me to gain weight that I could not lose whatever I did, "she explained.
" It was always frustrating for me because I wanted to be able to get fit and feel like the work I was doing was paying off, but it never felt that way. I had accepted it and moved on. I stayed on these medications for so long because the process is really long and difficult. I was not ready to go through it again, so I just got it feeling instead of trying to find something to really feel better. "
But the young actress decided she did not want to feel this way anymore and started to search for alternative medication
"I started the process again and was able to find a great combination of medication that works for me," said Winter. "The change in medication instantly made me drop all of the weight I could not lose before by just giving me back and metabolism.
While Winter is now in a better place mentally, she misses her curves
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"While I feel better mentally with the change, and it's nice to work out and have your body actually respond, but I want to gain a few pounds of muscle and get healthier," she admitted.
"Mental health is INCREDIBLY important to me", she wrote back.
Another fan asked how her mental health is today and thanked Winter for her open talk about her struggles. "Same amount of importance as physical health. Our mental health can affect our physical health !!! I have been in therapy every week for 6 years and I do not know where I would be without it. I have grown so much like a person and have been able to learn how to deal with things from my past that affect my present. It's a journey so I'm not going all the way, but I'm doing pretty good 🙂 "
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She added that there is nothing to be ashamed of talking about mental health or being on medication or talking to a therapist. "We do not have to hide our struggles even though I know how hard it is to share."