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I hear about this so much, people hate the weight gain side effects of medication. I will be honest with you, I hate it too. However, I have learned the hard way. The most impulsive and manic thing I have ever done is get liposuction after gaining 36lbs from medication. I charged it on three credit cards. My medications caused increased appetite and not only that I am an emotional eater. Usually, after gorging my meals and heavy snacks, I just end up with eater’s guilt.
Maggie Reese was a national ranked tract star on a full ride scholarship to University of Idaho when her leg broke while winning a race ending her Olympic dream. Without her running career to keep her together, mental illness crept in and took over.
Himasiri De Silva, M.D.
Dr. De Silva was recognized as “Psychiatrist of Excellence” by Orange County Medical Association and received the Warren Williams Award by American Psychiatric Association/ California Psychiatric Association for contributions to care of bipolar patients. Dr. Silva is currently the Chairperson of Behavioral Health Quality Enhancement at St. Joseph Hospital.
Vinayak Shanbhag, M.D.
Join us and watch our Consumer Advisory Board member John Kevin Hines talk about his suicide attempt and his efforts now to educate the public. Mr. Hines was the 2009 SAMHSA Spotlight Voice Awards recipient.
Join us in our effort to provide online resources and support services for families and individuals coping with bipolar disorder.