open minded is good!
Let me just add this though...before I started treatment, I ate whatever I wanted and never exercised. I weighed 110 lbs on a 5'4 frame and could never gain a pound. On this cocktail that makes me sane I gained 45 pounds and spend a great deal of time resenting my new body and my drugs and want a quick fix to the old me. So, I totally know how you feel. I haven't tried diet and exercise tho, so that wll be first step. Still, don't do the drink, lol!
I am 24 years old and I was diagnosed with Bipolar I disorder in February this year. I was put into hospital and then put on Epilim and Respiridone. I noticed a few months later I lost alot of energy, felt drowsy, gained 15 kilos and lost my alertness.
My opinion is take 1 drink a day whenever you need the energy of it the most - if you're going to an important event, or feel like a boost.
Its been 6 months since I've come out of hospital and I am doing much better now, I've slimmed down, I have more energy - (I exercise and diet alot) and I have the occassional energy drink.
But be careful. Anymore than 1 drink a day could trigger mania.
Best of luck