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Question please read - January 5th 2013, 12:09 AM

July last year i started binging and purging but now i throw up my food without even trying.
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Re: please read - January 5th 2013, 12:26 AM

Hi there, to TH! It's great to have you here.

It sounds to me like you have an eating disorder. Have you ever told anyone about it? If you haven't, I highly suggest that you do. It's very easy for something like this to get out of control, and it sounds like that may have happened. What's important, though, is that you can fix this. You're just one sentence away from the path to recovery - it's simply a matter of telling someone, "I think I have an eating disorder." That's it! Please, please do this. As long as you tell an adult, it doesn't really matter who it is; a parent, doctor, or counselor would probably be first choice because they can help you directly, but you could also talk to a teacher, pastor, coach, a friend's mom, or pretty much any adult you trust.

You can do this, okay? I promise you, you'll be so much happier when you talk to someone and starting getting some help with this. All you need is five seconds of courage - just one sentence. You can do this! If you need anything, feel free to PM/VM me anytime and I'll be happy to try and help. <3


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Re: please read - January 6th 2013, 10:55 AM

Hey there,

I'm sorry to hear that you've been struggling with your eating habits. If binging and purging done very frequently, it can indeed cause you to vomit without meaning to. Think of it this way: You've trained your body to think that food isn't good, and when you eat, it automatically assumes you don't want it anymore because that was how it was in the past. It's actually quite incredible how smart our bodies are. Unfortunately, their easily trainable nature can affect us for better or for worse. But like your body has been trained to vomit after meals, it can be re-trained not to. That takes a lot of time and effort in recovery, because I know from experience that it's not as simple as just stopping binging and purging. There's still that emotional component that you may need outside help to get under control.

I'd encourage you to tell someone about this. It sounds like you're hurting a lot emotionally and also very uncomfortable physically. You don't deserve to feel that way. I'd also encourage you to see a doctor, because I'm not a professional and can't accurately diagnose you or tell you how serious it is. It's important to see a doctor just to make sure you're doing okay otherwise and to rule out any other possibilities for your vomiting.

I know that's a very scary notion, but I can tell you from experience that most people want to help. If you need help deciding who to tell, check our our Who can help me? thread. It has some great ideas about who you can approach with this information in order to get the help that you need. If you're not sure you'll be able to tell someone face-to-face, which would be perfectly understandable, maybe you could write a letter. This method has worked wonders for me in the past. Then you can discuss it with whomever you decide to tell after they've read it. It's fantastic that you've taken the initial step of telling us here on TeenHelp. We're very proud of you and want to support you in any way we possibly can. You're very brave!!

I hope this helps! Good luck!

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