F.E.A.S.T's Around The Dinner Table forum

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I some times need to take Risperidone for my rapid thinking when high bipolar kicks in. My apetite increases over 100% and I gain a lot weight 
One of the reasons why so many kids with eating disorders are reluctant to take Olanzipine for management of their eating anxiety is its well known side effect of weight gain. There have been some studies and so far it does not seem to lead to increased weight gain. Their fear of eating is too great and overcomes any appetite changes. 
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Initially weight restored 2012. Relapse and continuously edging towards recovery. Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
I have only suffered from depression and not bipolar but I have always imagined that during the manic phase serotonin levels are too high.  I once was put on a higher dose of an ssri and after a week I had racing thoughts, rapid speech, could not sleep and felt terrible.  At the same time I remember having ideas which I thought were amazing.   I reduced the dose again and I felt 'normal'.  I don't know what action Respiridone has - I think it affects dopamine levels - but if you are on an ssri it might help to lower the dose during that manic and high phase, irrespective of the effect on your appetite.
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