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Combat weight gain

Many of the medications used to treat bipolar disorder, including lithium and antipsychotics, can trigger metabolic syndrome or weight gain in some patients.

Bearden recommends keeping track of your weight and talking with your doctor if you notice a problem after starting a new drug.

The impact is very individualized; some people don’t have this problem while others do. Eating right and getting regular exercise can help control your weight.

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