The experience of weight gain as a result of taking second-generation antipsychotic medications: the mental health consumer perspective.

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The experience of weight gain as a result of taking second-generation antipsychotic medications: the mental health consumer perspective.

J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2013 Nov;20(9):801-6

Authors: Usher K, Park T, Foster K

Abstract
This interpretive qualitative study aimed to describe and construct the meaning of the experience of living with the weight gain associated with second-generation antipsychotics. A qualitative study that incorporated the tenets of phenomenology and utilized in-depth interviews was conducted with eight mental health consumers. Thematic analysis resulted in three themes: Grappling with the weight; Living with the consequences of being overweight; and Experiencing negative emotions about the weight gain. The findings indicate that consumers struggle to manage the insatiable appetite and the related weight gain associated with second-generation antipsychotic medication, as well as the numerous associated physical and emotional issues. Adherence with prescribed second-generation antipsychotic medication was also affected and a number of the participants indicated they had ceased or considered ceasing their medication because of the weight gain associated with the drugs.

PMID: 23146024 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]