I was diagnosed with BP in 2007 an have been on Lithium and Zoloft ever since. I have regular blood tests (am on something for thyroid), meetings with my doctor, and created and run an online support forum for fellow BPers(The Cyclothymia Collective)
I've slowly put on 15kg (30lbs) since 2007. Now I am left with only one pair of pants I can wear (they were my husband's jeans) and I refuse to buy more.
The Lithium/Zoloft combination is working well for me. I am stable and able to be productive and creative, as well as feel a full range of emotions (at appropriate times
My only real problem is this weight issue. The meds make me blissfully unable to think much in any time frame but the present. Thus while I am able to form opinions about being overweight/overfat, I am unable to hold the idea of diet and working out in my mind...I used to be able to get focused and stay focused, but now, doo dee doooo deeee dooooo, life is grand and oh yes, I will have a third piece of that delicious cake...
I am very happy sitting with my laptop for hours and hours and hours. I work with websites and manuscripts, so my work requires it, but I also spend a lot of time on the machine just because I prefer to focus my mind-- otherwise, it's doooo deee dooooo deeeee dooooooo....I have a bit of an ADD issue, too, so hyper-focusing feels very good to me.
I take a lot of lovely naps when I can, and like to watch TV with my 15 year old-- we are close and can get very silly. And we snack too much (she has a BMI of 18 as an athlete).
I live in this hazy, pleasant bubble dooo deee doooo. My psychiatrist feels awful for (he says) having done this to me. We tried Topamax. I lost some weight in the first 4 months, but then it started tearing up my stomach lining so I had to stop it.
I am hoping that FatSecret will provide me with a place online to help me FOCUS over the long term and help keep me on track.