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   Posted 1/2/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I am bulimic. I know I am.
I haven't been "diagnosed" as bulimic. Do professionals even diagnos eating disorders, or do they just refer to you as it if you have all the symptoms and effects?
And here's the other part:
I am so depressed I don't even know what to do with myself. My school is messed up, my work is messed up, my whole life is messed up. I want to take a semester off of school, but I know in my heart if I leave now I'll never go back. And I'm not sure I want that.
Im also debating still to quit therapy. I haven't made a new appointment yet I haven't been in two weeks and Im suposed to call and schedule but I haven't. I dont know. My family make sme feel guilty for going so why bother. I talked about this on here before but I still don't know what I should do. Don't know if anything's worth it anymore.
It's hard for me to even pull myself out of bed somedays, just knowing that as soon as I get up, I'm going to have to continue living my life.

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   Posted 1/2/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, bulimia nervosa is a diagnosable illness. Your counselor should be able to talk to you more about that and give you information about how to seek treatment.

I don't understand why your family is trying to make you feel guilty about getting professional help. I know a lot of people speculated about that before. Ultimately, though, it is your choice. I know it is really hard to push forward when your family is being so critical. I waited until I was 20 and out of their house before seeking help for depression & anorexia. Knowing what I know now, I would have done whatever necessary to sneak out of my parents' house to get help earlier. It was a horrible place to live & I was already sneaking out to go to church on Sundays -- my parents didn't approve of that either -- by saying I got assigned to the early shift at work & asking my boss for the time off. There are always ways to get creative. Maybe your counselor can help you brainstorm something that would work for you. I think you should give her a call.

Bulimia is a serious condition that can result in serious medical problems. Coupled with depression, you really have a rough journey ahead. Please get the help you need. Your parents don't need to be involved. Find other people in your life who can be supportive of your goal to live a happy, healthy lifestyle. Best wishes!

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   Posted 1/2/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and I am sorry you are still in a quandry re continuing therapy.  I would be remiss in my duties if I did not encourage you to continue therapy.
The medical complications of Bulimia Nervosa can be severe and  if left untreated can become life threatening.
Yes a physician can dx bulimia and eating disorders but you truly need a psychiatrist. I had a friend who was anoxreic and she end up nearly dying so realize you are in real danger here.
Remember guilt is a wasted emotion and no one can make you feel guilty, you have to be responsible for taking care of you.
Make you appointment with your therapist.
Gentle Hugs

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   Posted 1/2/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Taryn you have taken the first and most important step in the recovery process, by acknowledging your illness and considering what type of treatment would be best.

when i was studying, i had to defer twice for emergency surgery and it was tempting to quit altogether, but i forced myself to go back and graduate because i wanted a career and i wanted to prove my critics wrong.

I think you should find the therapy that best suits you and try and ignore negative input from the people who dont support you the way they should.

congrats on admitting you have a problem and need help, thats a hard thing to do-

please keep in touch and know that we are here to help, listen and maybe offer advice when we can- take care,

Maz XX

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   Posted 1/2/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   

My mom used to make me feel guilty for having Depression. Sometimes I'd take
an antidepressant and at first I'd be real sleepy. I had to think of creative ways
to explain my sleepiness. She seemed to think that being Depressed was a moral
choice ... oh, I was so young. She was SO wrong.

You WILL go back if you quit now. You will if you want to that is. You are young.

I've had Depression all my life. Sometimes it's better than others but I'm used
to fighting it. No pills ever took it away. I made it out of bed every day. Often'
I didn't accomplish anything except exercise. I'd take a walk or use the TV
exercises. They tell you that when you're depressed that movement of that type
is impossible. They're wrong.

Go back to your therapist! You need her right now. You're on the verge of making
a pretty big decision.

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