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Concerns over weight are quite common to those with bipolar disorder. Weight gain is a common side effect with most medication used to treat this disorder. Bouts of depression can also increase the pounds. Found here are resources and information regarding this issue.
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Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
I hate dieting. I detest counting calories or fat grams or carbs. What is a person to do? Recently, "Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works" by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch came highly recommended to me. I believe I’ve found the answer to the dieting frustration!

Combating the Toil and Drudgery of the Weight Game
Weight gain and the difficulty of losing weight present real problems for people with bipolar disorder. A dialogue between two forum members portrays many of these problems and offers hope and encouragement for those who are depressed over lack of success at weight loss.

Hope for Weight Loss
One of the challenges faced by people with mood disorders is weight gain from their medications. I myself gained 80 pounds on psychotropic meds. In addition to being physically dangerous, weight gain is a stumbling block to good mental health, because being overweight is depressing! But some recent studies have shown clinical evidence that certain techniques can and do help people with this problem lose weight.

Whoa, Fat!
Part 4 of a series on Lithium, this article examines the possible reasons why so many people gain weight - sometimes a LOT of weight - while taking it.

Weight Loss Failure - What Now?
I feel shocked and numb since the latest blow to my hopes of losing weight. I want to go back in time to a point before I gained all this weight, but I can't do that. So now - trash my meds?

The Sarcasm Diet
Brigid, a member of the About Bipolar Disorder community, expresses the frustration of those who can't lose weight due to medications' side effects with wry humor.

Starter Tip for Swimming
Tatyanazap, a member of the About Bipolar Disorder community, shares tips for beginners who want to swim for weight loss.

Lose Weight - That's an Order!
From the “I’m Bipolar” series, the author shares, “My blood pressure is up. I am not losing any weight. Exercise doesn't help. My doctors and I are making medication changes and I am finally going on a diet.”

The South Beach Diet
After several years of trying to lose weight via exercise of various kinds, I'm on a diet - the South Beach Diet. I had good reasons for choosing this program, although implementing it has not been the easiest thing in the world. But I'm sticking with it, and here's why. More of the "I'm Bipolar" series.

Weight Gain and Bipolar Disorder Treatment
This is a difficult problem to be sure, one that almost everyone getting medication treatment has to consider in some way, because weight gain is clearly caused by medications used to treat bipolar disorder, some more than others.

Weight Gain With Medications
Question and answer from The Mental Health Forum. The questioner has gained 60 pounds on a combination of medications.

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