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Impulsive Eating part of Bipolar?

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Saw a few people mention this on the "what have you done that's impulsive lately" thread and thought I start a new thread on it.

 

I have struggled with impulsive eating, since around the same time my bipolar symptoms started, generally in the afternoon/evening. I go through phases of different food cravings, some sweet, some savoury. I had always just put it down to "comfort eating" but now I'm wondering if other people struggle with this and link it to their bipolar?

 

I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts

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This might not be precisely the same thing, but I do struggle with impulse control when it comes to food.  My tdoc has a small candy dish in her office, and usually I show some restraint as I'm trying to lose weight, but in early May, when I was really hypomanic, I was eating so many that she called it a compulsive behavior.  Like the second I finished one, I'd be hunting for another.  

 

I also get cravings, especially for sweet things in the late evening like ice cream, but I've never connected it to bipolar.  

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I had a rocky relationship with food before I was diagnosed, especially while on a low. I could loose 30 kg in under 6 months while zooming around, and then see it all come back with interest when I felt horrible, particularly If I was feeling anxious. Now just trying to take my time and not stress about it. Would have been nice to work out everything while I was feeling fantastic/annoying because it is a long road back...

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When I'm hypomanic I eat more. I also enjoy the taste of food more. Like everything is the best of that food I've *ever tasted OMG* at times. Even if it's just a Whopper. It's weird. I tend to eat a good deal more and much more impulsively when I'm up and less when I'm down.

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I think pretty much any activity can be impulsive, and become compulsive, during an episode. Eating is just a really easy thing to be impulsive about, because almost everyone has *some* food in the house.

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I also eat on impulse at times and attribute it to stress and/or lack of sleep.

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Yeah, when im manic for sure. Like, im a diagnosed anorexic and i never binged in my life before i started being manic. Well, bingeing for me still means eating very little food, but im more likely to just eat stuff when i want it, especially foods that are usually fear-foods for me. Junk, basically.

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Yeah. I've been coming to work without money so I don't spend money and eat a lot at the cafeteria. Sometimes it's impulsive other times it's compulsive. And sometimes everything tastes better too when I'm up. That's typically when I eat $10 sushi and a fancy coffee drink when I'd normally get a salad and iced coffee. Although I have food issues as well.

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I struggle with this. I'm one of those people who finds comfort in food. So when I'm depressed or having a mixed state, I end up buying cookies and chips. However, I also manage to lose weight during these times. I can't be bothered to cook. Sometimes I'm too depressed/anxious to go to the supermarket, so once I run out of things like cookies, crackers, ramen, cereal, and other foods that require little/no preparation, I just stop eating.


On the flip side, when I'm hypomanic I cook and bake. A lot. I end up making pies, cakes, chocolates and all sorts of other really yummy (but very unhealthy!) food. When I'm hypomanic my meals are generally very healthy (lots of veggies and tofu) but because of all the sweets I eat I end up gaining weight.

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I don't want you to be hypomanic, because it can turn into something so awful. But the next time you go on a baking spree, just send some of it to me, and I'll take care of it for you. I am self-sacrificing like that. ;)

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I'm not sure if my compulsive eating/food cravings are related to my illness per se, or if they are caused by the Seroquel I take for it. I suspect the latter, because the overeating lessened greatly when I (briefly) went off the Seroquel. Unfortunately, it's the only thing that works for me in terms of antipsychosis and sleep, so I had to go back on it.

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i think anyone who is feeling off mood-wise will search for things that make them feel better, or at least distracted from discomfort.  for a LOT of people, that means food.  so i don't think it's a bipolar thing, i think it's a sort of self-soothing thing when we're feeling out of sorts.  i know i've used food that way before (especially when taking AAPs).

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i think anyone who is feeling off mood-wise will search for things that make them feel better, or at least distracted from discomfort.  for a LOT of people, that means food.  so i don't think it's a bipolar thing, i think it's a sort of self-soothing thing when we're feeling out of sorts.  i know i've used food that way before (especially when taking AAPs).

A number of the AAPs are known to cause weight gain, some even in the absence of increased food intake. The changes in your food intake may well have been a side-effect of your medication rather than your attempt to cope with a mood by throwing food at it. I suppose it's possible both things were happening at once, however.

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I have had eating & weight issues my whole life. One of my major manic things is spending. Thing is, I am currently unemployed with nary a penny to my name, but when I do get money I'll "treat" myself to something way over my budget. It is like there is no logic--Like a week ago, I went to a pretty pricey place in my city for breakfast. I could have easily gotten a biscuit & coffee for like $3 down the  street, instead I had locally milled baked grits, iwth artisnal cheese, ramps & a baked egg, even my diet coke was $3..and I gave a genrous tip. I spent $20 on a meal I could have made at home for liek 2-3 bucks. My eating &spending overlap when I am manic. 

I have also dated a few bipolar people. I once watched a boyfriend go through 10 popsicles at one sittings while manic. Popsciles that he shopflifted, unbeknownst to me, while we were in teh grocery store. The shoplifting of the popscilces & binging on them went on for a few weeks--I left him, I can barely manage myself.

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