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Scared of a Change - January 24th 2013, 02:07 AM

I've just been officially diagnosed with an eating disorder, and it's hard to accept. I've had one for four years and more or less known, but it's still a blow. But with the diagnosis comes something scary: life change. I have to have a meal plan and follow it strictly. I'm not allowed to purge or restrict any more, but I don't know how to cope without them. If I can't follow it I'm stuck going inpatient. Any advice?
   
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Re: Scared of a Change - January 24th 2013, 06:25 PM

Hey Katie, are you seeing a psychological professional as part of your treatment plan? If so, this is the perfect person to bring it up to and they can help you come up with other coping strategies so you don't have to rely on the eating disorder. If you aren't seeing someone I strongly recommend finding a professional to speak to.


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Re: Scared of a Change - January 24th 2013, 06:58 PM

Hey there, I know this is going to be hard to understand, but with a diagnosis it allows for proper recovery. It's like this, say your arm hurts. You KNOW something is wrong but you let the pain go on. Finally you're fed up with the arm pain, and you go to the doctor. The doctor tells you it's broken and puts a cast on you and gives you healing instructions. Think of your ED like that. You KNEW something was wrong, but now that there is a diagnosis- you can work towards healing yourself. It's scary, heck yeah. But recovery is worth it. You have all these fears and concerns- which is completely valid. I suggest talking to a professional about them. If you can work through the issue driving the thoughts, then you can work through the thoughts. Recovery is a process, and it can be lengthy. But it's important to never give up. Because let's face it, Rome wasn't built in a day (I say that a lot but it's true.).Just think of this as a step to further you in recovery. Take care and hang in there! Don't let your ED win.


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Re: Scared of a Change - January 25th 2013, 02:34 AM

I'm not seeing someone who specializes in eating disorders. I have a basic psychiatrist for my med control and bipolar and such, but I don't really have any support. I have my girlfriend and my parents to whom I don't speak about these things. I'm too afraid to join a support group because I'm worried the girls will think I'm fat and talk badly about me.
Also, my hair is becoming drier and more brittle. I've read that this can happen from eating disorders, even if you're not underweight, and I was wondering if that was a possibility with my current relapse?
   
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