Individuals with diagnoses along the bipolar spectrum were less likely to attend their follow-up appointments 2 or more years after surgery than those without a diagnosis. Although, Individuals that have diagnoses along the bipolar spectrum who did continue to attend follow-up appointments 2 or more years after surgery were found to have similar weight loss after weight loss surgery with those without a diagnosis.

5 Tips:

  1. Create incentives for yourself for adhering to treatment recommendations.
  2. Set SMART goals to maintain adherence to treatment recommendations.
  3. Identify any avoidance behaviors that might be contributing to decreased adherence to treatment recommendations.
  4. Discuss with your doctor ways to individualize your treatment recommendations.
  5. Discuss with your doctor any treatment recommendations that you have tried but have not been successful for your journey.

Based on follow-up appointment attendance being lower for those with a diagnosis on the bipolar spectrum, this could suggest less adherence to treatment recommendations long term.

Link to Article:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5400728/

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