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Posted by Terry on April 5, 1999, at 21:15:13

In reply to Re: the weight gain issue, posted by Nancy on April 5, 1999, at 20:42:38

Hello? Is anybody listening to me? All I've read so far on this thread is people complaining about gaining weight on psychotropic meds. I've gained 25 pounds on Depakote and I hate the weight gain, but I'm trying to learn to live with it! I'm better than ever mentally. As for eating right and exercising, EVERYONE should do that, fat or thin, on meds or not. I get tired of people laying guilt trips on themselves and others about their weight. Try to love yourself as you are and DON'T GET OFF YOUR MEDS if they're helping you! As I said before, isn't it better to be fat and happy than thin and depressed/manic/psychotic? If you're on meds, eating right and exercising and still remaining fat/gaining weight, it's out of your control, so why worry about it? We're all too obsessed with our looks. And don't talk to me about weight being a health issue. It's not if you manage to eat reasonably well and exercise and otherwise take care of yourself. Doesn't anyone else out there see this issue as I do? Terry

> Hey, Phil. How's it draggin'? Nanc, here. There was quite a long while that the bipolar-1 deep deppression was totally incapacitating for me. You know, can't even lift an arm off the sheets no matter how hard you concentrate and will that arm to move. There's just no response. OH! Yea, and trying to walk?! Ha! I was 30y goin' on 107y old if you looked at the way I shuffled about, holdin' on to everything I passed by for support. BTW, for this type of misery, I HIGHLY BENEFITTED FROM ECT!!! Damn straight!
> Today, Bro! Miracle of miracles I was finally able to start the walk-jog thing!!! AND (as if that weren't enough) I've been riding my recumbent bike (of course, it helps that it's in my bedroom with a large TV and VCR in front of it) for over three miles a day for the last THREE DAYS!!!
> It took (let's see...jan, feb, mar...) ECT (in early Jan. '99), Effexor XR, Seroquel and 3 months of butt-kicking determination. But, after ECT knocked out most of my depression, my body finally responded to my butt-kicking determination!!! Now, after looking completely rediculous, shuffling around outside on the sidewalk, parading about like the derranged lunatic that I was, before the eyes of my neighbors I steadily increased in both my ability to walk and the length of my journeys. I'm walking 1.2miles a day and have done so for the past two weeks.
> Gotta rest, now.
> Nancy
> > > It is clear that all AD's cause weight gain to some degree in most people. One can play with AD's to find the one that has the least effect....for me it is Effexor.
> > >
> > > There is a simple answer better and excercise. It is ez to do something about the weight
> > > but the dperession is the reason you take the meds. If you make weight gain a litums test all AD's will fail.
> > > I wish doctors would push to see that patients on long term meds get on an excercise program. Even though the answer is simple its application is tuff knot...I still don't excercise.
> > >
> > > james
> > >>
> > >>james,
> > Wishing doctors would tell us to exercise? If we want to get well, we must take responsibility for our actions and not wait for someone in authority
> > to 'make us'.
> > I've just realized recently,again, how much I want to find the perfect med or combo and just let it turn my life around. The other day I started a walk-jog thing again(depressed and all)
> > did 3 miles and felt better for it. I didn't feel great yet but damnit I will be back out this a.m. etc.
> > If we are not totally incapacitated with this illness, if we know certain activities make us feel better, then let's just get our sad-assed faces and big butts in some warmups-screw what others think. Shake it, baby!
> >
> > ~phil~




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