FROM THE VIDEO:
Bipolar Disorder & WEIGHT GAIN: (*7 Tips*) – Polar Warriors
“Many of us with Bipolar Disorder are given a horrible choice… Do we take our life-saving medication and gain (or lose) a ton of weight, or do we suffer the crippling symptoms of not treating the illness. It’s almost like taking medication for a headache that causes your back to hurt instead.
When I say “many of us,” let’s talk some numbers… A study of over 9,000 people found that people who are obese are more likely to have Bipolar Disorder than any other mental health issue. Another study found that 14% of people with Bipolar are also diagnosable with an eating disorder – binge eating being the most common.
Bipolar Disorder and weight fluctuations are nearly synonymous. I can even look back at my own videos and see noticeable changes throughout the years. Seeing my weight gain on camera, especially when I’m depressed, doesn’t create warm-and-fuzzy feelings…”
Let’s talk Bipolar symptoms:
Depression can cause our weight to go either way. Sometimes people get so painfully depressed that they stop eating. It’s almost like a total body shutdown. More often, the pleasure of eating becomes a distraction from the nasty feelings inside, causing us to eat more. If we always eat more when we’re depressed, it can create neural connections in the brain that make us crave food to cope. Eventually, it might require more and more food to get the same relief. Depression also causes many of us to move much less. People with long bouts of depression might go weeks or months without being physically active. For me, it’s physically painful to move around when I’m severely depressed. My mind and body are very connected.
Mania can also go either way… I skip meals all the time when I’m manic. Other times, the mania causes me to throw caution to the wind and I’ll eat a bunch of fast food or crap I normally wouldn’t eat. Some of us have manic episodes that last months or longer, and that can take a toll on our weight. The majority of people tend to move more when they are manic. People who experience long bouts of mania could struggle with unhealthy weight-loss or gain, depending on their situation.”