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hi Jurriaan, i have a concern to talk to you about. Lately i have been feeling down about myself because of my weight. also, i have not been losing weight lately and i think its due to lithium, ziac, and lisinopril. these drugs are making me feel kind of depressed and worried that i wont be at my pre-lithium weight again. my question to you is what can i do to remedy this and how can i be happy with my weight again.

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Dear Christopher,

Weight gain and mood disorder often share a common illness, namely hypoglycemia (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/what-is-hypoglycemia/). This is because hypoglycemia interferes with the production of biological energy (ATP). Without that energy the body has problems producing feel-good neurotransmitters and unused energy is store in the body as fat cells. Hence it is a good idea for Bipolar people to go on a hypoglycemic diet (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/the-hypoglycemic-diet/). This may be not "cure" bipolar disorder may improve the condition.

Also have a look at some research on Lithium at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BqR-sXTVB-MkQWJe7SFfz8uxolEBVOO4cf3n9PxCdz0/pub

Also have a look at:
Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/anxiety-and-the-autonomic-nervous-system/#Tr

More studies on Bipolar Disorder can be found at:
https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1sKYIT2wfJquvtHQNuCGRp78eeuOFE915cw9-cWhCVLw#id.m09zj5939pyc at "Bipolar Disorder".

There are number of articles dealing with alternative approaches to Bipolar Disorder at:
http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/articles/default.htm#B

Please discuss his with you doctor.

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Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Emeritus Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
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Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist

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Have worked as a psychotherapist for overv twenty years, dealing with many personality disorders

Experience

I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at: http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

Organizations
Editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia. Its web site is at:

http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

Publications
Author of the book "Getting off the Hook", It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. My articles can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1M3x0ciu21Q8-KJO3tcIuxE-Mn97OIxCKzuhHDY8umrU#id.m9k24s-yjf9sc

Education/Credentials
BA (Psych) (University of Sydney), Post Gad Dip Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

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