I am 21 and BP II. I was diagnosed at 14 and off meds (lithium-with supervision) at 16. Afterwards, I lost 60lbs through The South Beach Diet and exercise. Just before my 20th birthday I had another episode and was put back on Lithium,Risperidal,Effexor,and Ativan (doctor did not know what he was doing). In the process of getting the wrong care I also regained all of the lost weight. Now I have a new fantastic doctor, but I am on Epival,Effexor,and Risperidal--doses much less then what they were. I see her every 3 weeks and I trust her care. But, regaining the weight has been so frustrating to me. It seems that no matter what I try, I cannot seem to lose more than 5-10lbs. I have tried Weight Watchers, a nutritionist, and Herbal Magic and they are all expensive and I hardly get results.
Has anyone successfully lost weight on a BP Med Regime?
My doctor says to value physical health over mental health, which I agree with. I am doing so much better under her care. I am going into Teachers College and I am on the Deans List. But the weight is affecting my self esteem and confidence. I feel fat, bloated, and frustrated.......
I am planning on restarting the South Beach July1st after some weddings I will attend.
Does anyone have any suggestions or stories to share?