Weight and bipolar: interaction?
Q: i have gained alot of weight prior to diagnosis. my sister
gained alot after medication but has now lost alot of her weight the doctor
told her because her body now went back to what it should be is this normal
once you get straightened out your metabolism kicks in and you lose the
weight my doctor told me once the mental part is straightened out the weight
Dear Barb --
There is something very important about weight and bipolar-like symptoms.
Although this has not been "described" (medical lingo for "somebody else
has recognized this pattern and written about it in some medical journal"),
I'm sure there's some relationship. Something even more complicated
than your doctor implied. However, her/his summary could be quite
correct -- and your sister is the example. What can you do to help?
One thing for sure: get regular physical activity within reasonable
limits your body can tolerate. Like, duh, you haven't heard that
100 times before -- but it's basically guaranteed not to make the problem
worse, and could definitely speed the process along, so as much as you
can try, do so.
Published March, 2001