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1/17/16 10:08 P

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Welcome C!

Weight loss can happen on meds, and I like your determination. You can do it.. We will be here with you along the way!

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1/17/16 12:36 P

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Hi, my name is Cheryl. I was diagnosed with Bipolar type 1 about 5 years ago. I hope losing weight will help me decrease my medication. I know some medications will make you gain weight but I won't let that stop me in my weightloss journey.




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1/9/16 9:19 P

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I don't know if you heard the song by Meghan Trainor called "It's all about that bass". One of the lyrics goes "Every part of you is perfect from the bottom to the top" and other body-positive lyrics. I'm a big music person. David Guetta's "Titanium" is an empowering song, as well as Colbie Caillat's "Try". I find that they help me when I'm not happy with my body. *hugs* Weight loss is possible. I was 280 pounds and now I'm 230. I did manage to get down to 211, but then I stopped working out and ate a lot of fast food. I'm not sure if it was the meds making me hungry, but I know it was probably a combination of bad food and meds. But weight loss is possible, you just have to work harder than people not on meds.

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Hello all, my name is, Danielle. I am currently 19 years old, and was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type 2 when I was 17. Everyday can be hard especially trying to lose weight when I am on soo many medications to control my mood swings. I often stay up late at night, just thinking about how I can try to better myself. Coming from a girl who was picked on since high school, losing weight can be really hard, and it doesn't help that a lot of the mood stabilizers have the nasty weight gain effect to it. I wasn't always overweight, but it all really started when I hit upperclassmen status in high school. I was always seen as the "outcast" at my school, I wasn't popular, but I loved my friends. I had a rough past growing up, and a lot of that made me emotionally eat my feelings. I still am struggling with emotional eating, but I am going to therapy pretty regularly. I look at myself in the mirror, and i'm not fully happy with what I see. I get depressed, and jealous of the skinnier girls that I see pictures of in magazines, and on Facebook. Hopefully, maybe some of you guys can give me some advice on how to lose weight, living with bipolar. Love to all

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Welcome! I know I find comfort in knowing I'm not alone. I am looking forward to getting to know you better! I'm fighting a battle to lose weight despite my meds. It's hard but possible.

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12/16/15 9:43 A

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Hi Hootie emoticon and emoticon to the site and to the team!! I take a lot of meds for my bipolarness too, so you are not alone. We can all relate to your position and I'm sure that we share experiences. emoticon again. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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12/16/15 3:07 A

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My name is Racquel. I was diagnosed as bipolar in my twenties. I take a lot of meds to help control my moods, and sometimes I have to have ect treatments. I was happy to find a team that had people that dealt with the same disorder.

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12/10/15 9:30 P

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I have problem s sleeping as well and my psych said valeran root is good for sleep. She's really good so I got some Sleepytime.Extra tea to help me sleep. I tried it last night and it worked. It's brand name but worth the price

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Have you tried any herbal tea for your insomnia? Sometimes it really helps. It is at least relaxing and warm!!

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Thanks for the support, everyone.

I was expecting this week to be awful with completely stopping the medication, but it doesn't seem as bad as when I lowered the dose last time. Maybe because there is less stress with school to aggravate it. I'm sleeping horribly, though. But that's not all that unusual. I know the risperidone helped me sleep, but even while taking it, I'd have some sleepless nights. This is two in a row though where I just keep waking up thinking about school. I don't know why it's making me so stressed. But I'm pretty much done for the semester and then my mood should stabilize even more when I go home next week. I can't wait!

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12/7/15 12:25 P

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Hi Rachel and emoticon to the team. I hope to see you here often if you need a lift or a friend. Bipolar is different for everyone. Some of us are more manic and some of us are more depressive with all of us being a combination of both usually. I'm sorry to hear that your medications have made you manic and have had the side effect of weight gain. Many of us fight the same battle, so you are not alone. I wish you great success once you are off your medications if you feel that the negative outweighs the positive. emoticon again. We are really excited that you have decided to join us. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Welcome to the team!

Sometimes manic episodes are harder to recognize. I "know" my aunt is bipolar because of her spending habits... especially her late night QVC addiction. And then there's her nearly disabling periods of depression. But she's in denial. The fact that you are even contemplating that you may be even without the technical diagnosis is a good first step. I agree that the medications make weight loss difficult, but not impossible. Going med free right now, be sure to closely monitor your moods.

In my opinion, depression episodes are almost as easy to miss. I personally have found that I am often in denial of my periods of depression. It often takes someone really pointing it out to me before I can come to accept it, if I even do then. It's getting easier. My meds, after many years are now at a point that they really are helping me understand how I "should" feel.

All of here can relate to what you're going through. And this is a safe haven. We're here for you!

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I have weight issues, too. I'm bulimic and have been struggling with it lately. I put away my scale and will only weigh one day a week. I used to weigh 3-4 times a day, so it was a struggle with me. good luck losing! You can do it! emoticon

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Larissa, I use to be a big hockey fan and supported the Carolina Hurricanes :)

I've been finding it near impossible to lose weight while on these drugs, and my extreme weight issues/stress was one of the reasons why I tried mediation again in the first place. I also have disordered eating and it's a big struggle for me, but I lost about 100 lbs and maintained at about 85 lbs loss. I've since gained some off that weight back and it's difficult for me to cope with since I workout all the time and generally eat pretty well (add a bunch of food allergies to the mix as well!).

I know the effects of being off the respiridone won't be immediate, but I'm exited to start losing weight again.

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Welcome Rachel!!

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Welcome, Rachel! I have been on many meds at many weights... it's hard to lose weight on meds but it can be done. I hope you have an easier time off meds. Did you know that even one manic episode (without meds) is enough to label you bipolar 1 for life? I totally know what you mean about covering up feelings... I'm the last person to know how I feel. Luckily I have a very supportive hubby and he helps me out a lot, and puts up with a LOT of crap from me. I hope you have someone in your life that you can talk to... if not, we are always here for you. Just send someone a message or reach out however you feel, and we can help. *hugs* Welcome again!

(I noticed your name has Canes in it... are you a UM fan? I live in Miami and I took a class there. Most of my schooling comes from USC- So Cal.)

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I may or may not have bipolar, as its been a questionable diagnosis for the past few years. It all started in 2011 when I decided to try to take SSRIs, which made me manic in about 2 days. I was put on antipsychotics to counteract the mania. That was an interesting experience! I dabbled a bit with anti anxieties and found that they didn't really help too much. About a year ago, I tried medication again - gabapentin. It also made me manic, but the theory was that it got rid of all the anxiety and stress that I was experiencing and let my true manic state come through. I was put on risperidone along with the gabapentin and that's been life for the past year. But now I'm sick of the weight gain that the risperidone has caused (about 30-40 lbs) and want to try life without meds again. After a month of tapering, I'm finally off of the risperidone and in two weeks, I'll be completely off of the gabapentin. I'm hoping that the weight that I previously worked so hard to lose will start to come off now.

So I suppose I'm just introducing myself. I have to check my mood a lot, but it's hard to tell what's really happening because I'm so good at covering up my true emotions through dissociating or simply blocking them from rising to the surface, that's partly what is making the bipolar diagnosis questionable. I've always seen to just go through the motions, but I've never been truly depressed, although my mood has been lower than "normal" and I've only been manic through medications. I have a possible family history, but she's not diagnosed with anything either.

So hey everyone!



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