The thing is, I’m not bipolar. I never have been. But hers was the final word, and they started me on a regimen of Depakote, which, if you’ve ever heard of it, often causes (among other things) major weight gain. Because I was not bipolar, this was the only thing it really did for me, and at the tender age of 15, I gained 30–35ish pounds. Prior to this experience, I wasn’t yet obsessed with my weight, so I don’t know the exact number, but it’s in that ballpark — after this experience, my obsession with numbers began. My weight gain also sparked a depression, and this only made things worse — we sought a second opinion regarding my bipolar diagnosis, and when the new doctor confirmed I was not, in fact, bipolar, I was immediately weaned off the Depakote.
Me & my meds
Rosemary Donahue

My heart breaks here. I feel this through my bones. I know how it feels. I’m so sorry you had to go through this.

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