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  1. You need to get rid of that scale! Sounds like you already recognize that it's a problem. Be honest with your nutritionist about the scale and your recent thoughts. Eating disorders are like a form of OCD; you're obsessed with weight/food and you compulsively restrict/binge/purge/whatever. The scale can be a big OCD thing--checking it a million times a day, etc. What I realized was that no matter how thin I got, it didn't make me happy. In fact, when I was at my lowest weight, I hated my body more than ever. We think that engaging in ED behaviors will make us feel better--and they do, in the short term--but in the long run, they make things much worse. I've never met a happy anorexic. On a side note, when eating disorders are recognized and treated early, that's when you have the most chance of recovery. People who live with an ED for years and then get help for it have a much lower chance of recovering and it's a much harder thing to do. So you want to tackle this problem now rather than end up as one of those of us who spend our entire lives in and out of treatment centers. You want to get better. You want to be happy. You don't want to deal with an eating disorder for the rest of your life. So be honest about the resurgence of symptoms. Don't worry that people will be mad at you--this is a natural part of recovery. I have rarely (if ever) seen someone who's had an ED for a long time recover, and I had been recently thinking that because I've had mine for several years, I'm going to be stuck with it for my entire life. It's really encouraging to hear that you've recovered and it gives me hope. Thank you. Lux.
  2. My name is Lux, and I am a 23-year-old force of nature. I make money as a bike messenger and freelance reporter. In my spare time, I like to write fiction, dabble in photography, and watch quality films. I have been in psychiatric treatment since I was 14. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anorexia, bulimia, alcohol addiction (recovered), and a dissociative disorder. I have been on nearly every psychotropic drug there is (quite literally). I have been in mental hospitals and eating disorders hospitals about six or seven times. I currently just got out of a six-week stay at an eating disorders facility. This time, I am truly very motivated to get better and working hard at it, although it is a struggle. http://www.crazyboards.org/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/6533-there-goes-my-soul-again/ http://www.crazyboards.org/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/6535-image/ http://www.crazyboards.org/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/6534-dolled-up/
  3. It's really common. Seizures often cause involuntary urinary discharge, involuntary bowel movements, and vomiting.
  4. I just went to Belmont because Renfrew didn't take my insurance. I started in the day treatment program but I wasn't getting better, so after a couple weeks they decided to admit me to the inpatient program. I was having similar problems where I'd do great at the day program, but then when I got home I was just in full-fledged ED mode. Sometimes you need that hospital stay to get you out of the pattern. Usually if you're not making progress, they will admit you.
  5. Post about your daughter's ED. I just wanted to say that you should get her help now, because if the problem continues, it becomes harder to treat. Early intervention is key with EDs. http://www.eatingdisorderfoundation.org/GettingHelpforPatient.htm

  6. I was prescribed Naltrexone in 2004 for bulimia. I thought it was the most helpful drug I'd ever been on. Before it, I'd sit and think about b/ping obsessively and couldn't get the thoughts to go away. Naltrexone significantly decreased those thoughts to the point where I didn't have to act on them and I could actually focus on other things. Most, if not all, people are prescribed 50 mgs twice a day. Raising the dose really doesn't do anything for this drug. The downside of the opioid blocker is just that if you took an opioid (say, Percocet), it wouldn't have any effect on you. The one thing about Naltrexone is that it doesn't work forever. After a few years, it ceased to have any effect on me, so I stopped taking it. But in the beginning, it was a life saver. Try it and see what you think. Good luck.
  7. Lux.


    I like to take pictures of myself. Deal with it.
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