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Will this lead to an eating disorder? - April 30th 2013, 12:57 AM

Lately I have had no urge to eat. I still do, but I don't get hungry or full. Sometimes I'll skip a meal or two, but I always DO eat. I am severely depressed and have been struggling with self harm, but will what I'm feeling/doing lead to an eating disorder too?
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Re: Will this lead to an eating disorder? - April 30th 2013, 04:41 AM


Before I can answer, I should say that the best person to talk to about this would be a doctor, a psychologist/psychiatrist, or an actual counselor (because most of us on TeenHelp, including myself, can't actually give a diagnosis of any disorder). That said, it sounds like as far as eating disorders go, what you describe doesn't seem to have any of the typical triggers that lead one to develop an eating disorder. I don't think you need to worry about your loss of appetite leading to an eating disorder, because it doesn't seem to be the case that you're avoiding eating due to a negative self-image, unhealthy perceptions of how you should look relative to what you actually look like, or other such issues.

Your appetite loss is still a serious side effect of depression, though, and if you have anyone in your life that you can trust and speak to about whatever issues have been bothering you, it would be a great idea to do so. School counselors, parents, family/relatives, friends, and teachers are great people to talk to. Sometimes having online resources like TeenHelp is useful too, but it doesn't compare to having someone in your life who you trust and to whom you can speak with about problems you're facing.

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Re: Will this lead to an eating disorder? - April 30th 2013, 05:29 AM

I'd have to agree with Tro. -- It just sounds like a side affect of the depression (or maybe you're just getting sick, depending on how long this has been going on.. who knows!) If it really concerns you, you should talk to a doctor or a family member or someone you trust, about it. But as long as you do eat, like you said, that's a good thing! I don't see anything in what you said that makes me think eating disorder, though.

The fact that you're aware that you're eating less and that you're worried about it becoming an eating disorder is a good thing, though. (: Just don't stress yourself out too much, worrying about it. <3

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Re: Will this lead to an eating disorder? - April 30th 2013, 09:48 AM

We aren't doctors and we also aren't fortune tellers (unfortunately) but I can offer you my experience and you can make of it what you will.

A few years ago I didn't eat much; simply because I wasn't hungry. I wasn't depressed but I wasn't happy either. My appetite vanished. Then I developed an eating disorder. Obviously I've left a lot out of this but I can't fill in the blanks either. All I know is my lack of appetite contributed to me becoming anorexic, but then there were a lot of other things that helped my ED along too.

There's evidence that EDs may be a biological disorder that some people are predisposed to. When the people with this disposition lose weight or become ill or experience extreme stress, they're a hell of a lot more likely to develop an eating disorder.

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Re: Will this lead to an eating disorder? - April 30th 2013, 01:14 PM

Lack of appetite is commonly associated with depression and will not necessarily become an eating disorder. Like Laura said, we aren't fortune tellers or doctors so we can't tell you if this will inevitably turn into an eating disorder or not. There are a lot of other things other than your appetite that factor into fuelling an eating disorder such as body image, pressure to look a certain way, trying to control something in your life, a predisposition etc.

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