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Hey I am new. Long-time eating disorder sufferer. Started with anorexia and morphed into bulimia, then went to drugs, then went back to EDs, then went orthorexic/exercise bulimic. Went to treatment for the second time a couple years ago and have a treatment team. Noticed that once I started working hard on my ED, I was spending like crazy. Also was on Rexulti at that time. Spending comes and goes but gets bad when my eating gets better. Drives me nuts! Brain needs the rush. Feel like I can't escape. I hate spending, but drugs and bulimia seem worse? Anyone else struggle with this?

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Welcome to CB!

The only time spending came into the picture with me was when I was buying all this food without anyone knowing.  I never threw it up or anything, it was more bulimia/laxatives.  And the shame and anger I experience after I finished eating all this food.

But overall, other than buying the food, I didn't have any other problems with money and spending.

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Thanks, melissaw72. I did spend a lot buying food for binges, maybe that moved into excessive spending on other things. Thanks for the reply!

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It's pretty common to have a behaviour (such as ED'd behaviour) end up being replaced by another one when you try to work on the first. That's how people go from substance use to SI to EDs to whatever, for example. I've engaged in all of those. 

It wasn't until I addressed that I was doing any or all of those behaviours because I was hurting, and starting working on the reasons that I was hurting, that I was able to be free of cycling through them.

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Yes, WinterRosie!! That is what I am trying to do with therapy and EMDR. It has just been a long (twenty years and counting) road. Sigh. I think all of mine stems from PTSD and beliefs I formed during trauma. It is taking me forever to rework the beliefs from my trauma, though. They are so ingrained. But I am so encouraged to hear you are free from cycling through them. That is awesome. Thanks for the reply!

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For me, I found that my eating habits were really connected to my mood episodes.  If I was symptomatic at all, I was actively binging and purging. Outside of that, I was mostly restricting and calorie counting. I didn't spend too badly at that point in time, but as my eating disorder got better (mostly by completely removing the scale from my house and MyFitnessPal from my phone because my ED was mostly connected to my weight and calorie counting) I began spending more money in place of food binging.

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I want to share with you that eating disorders can be an issue with the circuits in your brain related to impulse and compulsiveness. This is why so many individuals with eating disorders have co-morbid impulse/compulsive/addictive disorders  

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ED is most common like Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Eating Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Psychotic Disorder has the following characteristics over a long period of time and marked a degree that adversely affects child's educational performance. These also affects personal lives and daily activities.  

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