It is 5 years since my little boy was born and all that happened subsequently...happened. I was diagnosed bipolar at the time, rightly I think, and lithium quite literally saved my life, though it didn't make me better all by itself. Subsequently I've been treated for further depressive episodes and a bipolar 'mixed state' as well as countless problems with anxiety, panic attacks etc.
I have to this point been relatively lucky with my weight. You have to be fairly philosophical about it, weighing benefits against problems. My weight is at the moment completely out of control however, despite going to the gym twice a week and mAking a real effort viz diet. My psychiatrist's input when asked was that the most likely culprit was the quetiapine, which I have always found to be quite heavy. It is also, however, a common bi-polar anti-depressant ( as well as mild anti-psychotic) and I worry that lowering the level might have an adverse effect on my mood. It's a ridiculous position to be in--depression ( quite rational) due to weight gain, or depression due to altering medication.
I wonder if there is anyone in the later stages of recovery able to comment?