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  1. The study you're talking about is the Minnesota Starvation Study. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Starvation_Experiment Basically when their diet was reduced to 1600 calories a day, men who had been through extensive testing to confirm that they were physically and psychologically healthy started eating out of garbage cans, self-inducing vomiting, reading cookbooks non-stop, stealing food, and exhibiting other eating disorder behaviors (one even chopped of three of his fingers with an axe! And these were formerly psychologically healthy individuals!), I know my own eating disorder started with OCD which included obsessions and compulsions around food which caused me to lose a dangerous amount of weight( (went into heart failure) which eventually lead to a three year struggle with anorexia nervosa which (as the study would indicate, probably because of nutritional deficiencies) lead to ongoing bulimia which I have been in and out of treatment for over the past three years. Not trying to scare you by saying this will happen to you or anything, but that is my experience, and I would advise you to take this issue seriously and get some help in the early stages. Do you see a therapist? I would recommend mentioning it to him/her. If not, I would make an appointment to talk to your GP about this and see if he/she can get you a referral to a therapist and/or nutritionist. If you really don't want to involve professionals at this point, maybe you can share this issue with a friend/family member that you trust and plan to eat some meals with them and have them keep you accountable until you feel like you are in a better place with food. Maybe also pick up some high-calorie nutrient milkshakes (Boost/Ensure) to help you get calories/nutrients without having to eat a lot of volume. I hope that's helpful? Good luck, and once again I really hope you take this seriously and get some help right away. Eating disorders take a devastating toll; I've lost so many years of my life and done so much harm to my body, relationships, finances, career, and loved ones.
  2. I have SO much trouble with phone anxiety! My friends/family don't even try to call anymore; they know just to send a text/email to get in contact with me. But I had to call my therapist today to reschedule an appointment, and I put it off for hours, then had to write down everything I would say on a piece of paper, then called three times with my heart beating out of control (I hung up the first two times)....UGH. It's a a problem. So yeah...you're definitely not alone in this.
  3. Just a warning: Wellbutrin is NOT safe for anyone who is currently purging as it has been linked to increased seizures! http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/psychiatry-psychology/eating-disorders/
  4. Hi, I would just second the recommendation that you see a dietician! Based on your description of what's going on for you right now, it seems that some professional advice about how to meet your nutritional needs would be really helpful. However, it seems that you may be experiencing some symptoms beyond disinterest in/confusion about food (like over-exercising, weighing, equating control over food with control over life)? I would suggest that you address these issues with a professional immediately. I obviously can't say whether this is the beginning of an eating disorder or not, but if it is you really want to CATCH IT EARLY and get help stopping behaviors before they become too ingrained. I would advise that you take this problem very seriously and nip it in the bud while it's still in the early stages. You could save yourself a lot of suffering down the line. Just my two cents; I know personally I wish I had sought out help earlier for my own eating disorders. It is empirically proven that the sooner ED's are caught and treated, the greater the chances of full recovery. I wish you the best!
  5. jay27

    Hurricane Sandy...

    I'm in New York City, and the crazy winds outside are really whipping up my anxiety right now, but overall I am okay. It's hard to believe that the storm has barely started. I am prepared with food/water/batteries/medications/flashlights/and such. Trying to practice my deep breathing skills... Stay safe everyone!
  6. Thanks for the response Melissaw72! It seems like this is a pretty rare use for naltrexone, so I have been having trouble finding any information. After hearing your experience I think it's definitely something I will at least mention to my psychiatrist though. Thank you!
  7. Thank you all for your kind responses. They mean a lot to me :-)
  8. Bahahaha. I love this. Thank you so much!
  9. I'm just wondering if anyone has tried naltrexone for bulimia or binge eating disorder? I'm pretty sure treatment of eating disorders is an "off label" use, but I've heard of it being prescribed for this purpose. I'm considering talking to my psychiatrist about it as I feel like I have a really strong physiological addiction to binging and purging at this point that I am hoping might be helped by this medication... Has anyone tried naltrexone for this purpose? If so, did it help? What was your experience? Thanks!
  10. Hi everyone, My name is Jaclyn. I've been lurking on these boards for a while and finally decided to join. I'm 19 and a student (or at least attempting to be). I've been struggling with MI for quite a long time. I'm diagnosed with major depression and am tempted to say that it has been present for my entire life. I remember being like 4 or 5 years old and just wanting to die ALL THE TIME. When I was 11, a few traumatic events occurred in my life which set off a very bad case of OCD and anorexia nervosa. I was totally impaired by the OCD (washing my hands hundreds and hundreds of times a day, unable to go outside, fear of touching anything, fear of the air (pollutants),...basically just afraid of EVERYTHING) which eventually brought me to a state of desperation culminating in a suicide attempt at 15. I survived but continued to struggle with many of the same issues. When I was 17, the anorexia converted into bulimia nervosa (probably as a result of nutritional deficiencies, but who knows?), and I have been dealing with that over the last two years. In May I kind of hit rock bottom with the bulimia (basically doing nothing but binging and purging ALL DAY LONG and unable to think, study, or work), and I ended up spending some time in a psychiatric hospital and then in an eating disorder treatment facility, which helped some. Right now I'm just kind of at a frustrating place where I feel like I am doing everything that I'm "supposed" to be doing (weekly therapy, appointments with a nutritionist, meditation, yoga, pursuing my goals by attending university [i dream of becoming a doctor], going to and ED support group, taking my stupid meds), but I am STILL STRUGGLING SO MUCH. Even with all this support I am still binging and purging at least two times per day, cutting, and frequently suicidal. I guess it just makes me feel like a waste of all this treatment and support. Like there is no hope for me to ever be happy or at least productive and functional. Anyway, I'm glad to be here and hope I can offer support to others. Current diagnoses: bulimia nervosa, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia, borderline personality disorder (only symptom is self-injury) Past diagnoses: Anorexia nervosa If you struggle with any of these issues feel free to message me. Or if you don't but just need some support feel free to message me as well. Stay strong <3
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