Bipolar Medication Weight Gain Worsened My Depression
Tuesday, May 2 2017 Hannah Blum
The Weight Gain That Comes with Bipolar 2 Disorder
If there is one bipolar medication side effect that irritates me the most, it is the weight gain that comes with bipolar 2 disorder. Weight gain is a common side effect of many bipolar medications. It's important to acknowledge such a relevant topic that for many, including myself, has us questioning treatment.
Gaining Weight from Medication Increased My Bipolar Depression
After my diagnosis of bipolar 2 disorder, finding a stable routine of medications was a priority. Gaining weight from some of the medications prescribed to me increased my bipolar depression. I remember thinking to myself, "Great! Now I am depressed and obese." The most weight I gained off a single bipolar medication was 35 pounds. You can imagine my anxiety when the number on the scale kept getting higher and higher, even with consistent exercise and dieting. I felt out of control of my mind and body. Gaining weight from bipolar medication caused me to question receiving treatment.
Finding a Way to Medicate and Maintain My Weight
As someone who has had an eating disorder in the past, the bipolar medication side effect of gaining weight is just simply out of the question (Accepting Weight Gain in Bipolar Disorder). I had to find a way to medicate and maintain my weight. I told my doctor that I could not be on any bipolar medication that made me gain a substantial amount of weight. She agreed, and we began to experiment with different routines of medicines. It did not happen overnight, but within a year, I was on medications that allowed me to get back to my healthy weight. Dealing with the side effects of medication is part of living with bipolar 2 disorder. However, I am fortunate that I do not have to sacrifice my happiness and my body to receive effective treatment.
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