Psychiatry & Psychology--General/Confused

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Hello,
I am a 38-year-old stay-at-home mother with 3 young kids.  I had been diagnosed with major depression, ADD, GAD and bipolar ll.  I'm a parent of a child with ADHD and GAD.  My support-system totals 2, my husband and my mother-in-law, but they both work long hours.  I am on Effexor 300mg a day but its giving me migranes and other uncomfortable side effects, like steadily gaining weight ( my BMI is 31). Also have high cholesterol.  I'm also on Ritalin SR 20 mg a day.
I'm confused on my diagnosis, and very worried about my weight, would going to an endocrinologist or a naturopath help???  Thank you

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Better would be that you follow with your general medical doctor (family physician, internist) and add a nutritionist (which may be covered by insurance depending on your plan, your weight and with a recommendation from your general medical doctor).  If you are confused with your diagnosis, I would put these questions specifically to your psychiatrist.

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Dr. Daniel S. Harrop received his B.A. and his M.D., both from Brown, and his M.B.A. from the Edinburgh Business School, Scotland. Board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry, he is a past president of the R.I. Psychiatric Society and a member of the Committee on Medical Quality of the American Psychiatric Association and the Committee on Continuing Medical Education of the R.I Medical Society. He serves as a consultant to four of the top five major medical management companies, including OptumHealth/United Healthcare, Magellan Behavioral Health Services, ValueOptions and APS Healthcare, and maintains a private practice in Providence, R.I. He also serves as chief psychiatric consultant on the Medical Advisory Board at the R.I. Workers Compensation Court. He was formerly on the faculty at the medical schools at both Brown University and Harvard University.

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