Due to the mal-absorption issues related to having WLS----medications can sometimes not be absorbed properly. Kinda difficult when you are on a truck load of psych meds. At the beginning of the year I went into a huge manic phase. My therapist kept telling me I was getting sick but I felt it was because I was feeling better since losing 200+ lbs. I was getting out more, living life, having a ball. But as with the pendulum that is classic for Bipolar---it swings both ways. As they say what goes up must come down. My sweet grandmother---who was 107--passed away in July and this triggered a downward spiral--along with me returning carbs to my diet---but more on that in a minute. I finally hit the wall and had to be hospitalized. I ended up staying in the hospital for a month. Over the time of my downward spiral I gained 30 lbs ina very short period of time.
When my grandmother passed away--I lost my appetite completely. My primary care doc convinced me to add some carbs back into my diet----yeah---I know ----why do we do this to ourselves---I knew better---but just wasn't thinking at the time. Once I began down that long road paved with carbs----all the old cravings resurfaced. I was like a heroin addict---couldn't wait for my next fix. I was living on carbs---eating very little protein and my depressive symptoms were getting worse and worse. It wasn't long until I could do nothing but eat(carbs mind you) and sleep. This is when my pdoc decided I needed to be hospitalized.
Luckily for me---the dietitian at the psych hospital was very familiar with WLS. She devised a very strict low carb eating plan. So I went through a forced carb detox. Within a week my depression had lifted to the point I could function. My pdoc was able to find a good combination of meds for me also. But I feel in my heart the carbs are what landed me in the hospital.
So now here I am back to my low carb eating plan and completely stable. I still have the extra 30 lbs but I'm working on getting those off slowly but surely.
I know there is research out there about how carbs affect your mental status---but Im living proof of how good life can be when your are---to steal a phrase from a fellow blogger and firm believer in eating low carb--Jimmy Moore---Livin' La Vida Low Carb.