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Getting worse - December 28th 2012, 01:32 AM

I have ednos. If this continues, it's going to be diagnosed as anorexia.

There's something I don't understand, though. I started restricting more, and I've noticed that I've gotten smaller. I can put a finger between my ribs again. But the number on the scale isn't moving. Can anyone explain that to me?

I can tell my parents that I'm getting worse, but I don't want to hurt them anymore. My mom's hurt enough, her mother isn't doing well. My therapist would just tell my mom. I'd never tell my dad.

I feel like I'm going to faint now, so I'm eating a little bit. I know anorexia is a mental disorder, but would they really diagnose it if I don't meet the physical criteria?

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Re: Getting worse - December 28th 2012, 02:02 AM

Yes they would. There isn't a specific weight or whatever that diagnoses anorexia. It's whatever is a dangerously low weight for your height, BMI, etc. Plus, it's also very much what behaviors you have that helps them diagnose. I wish you the best! PM if you need anything at all

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Re: Getting worse - December 30th 2012, 03:25 PM

Some thing that a lot of people don't understand is that ED's do not discriminate against weight. You could be very thin, or very heavy but still restricting for whatever that reason might be. No matter what weight you are, it's still a problem. You're still engaging in unhealthy behaviors, and someone once told me that most people with ED's aren't even stick thin. And a lot of people die before they get there. This isn't meant to scare you, more to inform you. Depriving your body of food, lying to your parents (because you know it isn't okay, and you don't want to hurt them indicates that something IS wrong about the situation, because if it wasn't- you wouldn't feel the need to lie), losing mass amount of weight when it isn't necessary, and everything else in between (feeling dizzy) are all signs that this isn't working out for you, and something has got to change.

I think you need to talk to your mom. As insensitive as this might sound, forget what your mom is going through and focus on you. Because all you can control is yourself. And if you're not telling her now because she has her own stuff going on, then what will the excuse be when she's worked through all that? The point is, is there ever really a good time? You're her daughter, and she loves you. I think you should try and write her a letter. Tell her your concerns, and your ED is getting worse. She isn't going to be happy, but it's because her daughter is suffering, not because she is mad.

Finally, you don't have to battle this alone. Find someone to talk to, even if it's just a friend or a trusted teacher. Someone who can listen to your every word and kind of be that comfort to you. We ALL need those kinds of people. Don't let this disorder ruin you. You deserve happiness, and this isn't it. Take care<3

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