That weight gain, coupled with the effects of the illness itself, destroyed my self-esteem and confidence. I remember crying in my bed because I had a closet full of clothes that didn't fit and I was too humiliated to go out. Finally, when I came out of my depression I decided I had to do something about my weight. I tried one program – lost some weight but quickly put it back on. Then, last summer, I decided to try Weight Watchers. At the rate of about a pound a week – a healthy rate – I have now lost 38 pounds – 12 more to go. And I feel so much better. So, I understand how weight gain can make you feel and I resist new medication for the fear of added weight, but with this program supporting me I'm confident I can handle it.
PS – March 30th is the inaugural World Bipolar Day. Organized by the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder, the International Bipolar Foundation, and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, this is an educational initiative designed to raise awareness about bipolar disorder and eliminate stigma. The date was chosen as it is the birth date of Vincent van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as having bipolar disorder.