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12/21/2011 09:55 AM

Don't meet criteria for eating disorder team???

mrsjennia
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Has anyone else experienced a similar thing? I have been asking docs for help for bulimia for years now, I was finally asked to do a blood test recently, but because my blood results came back normal I have been told that I dont meet the criteria to get any help from the eating disorder team. This has really upset me as I finally thought I was getting somewhere, but now I just feel like oh what the heck, if my bloods are normal then I may as well carry on doing it! If anyone else has experienced this please can you tell me what you did next or what I can do to make them help me. I have been bulimic for 11 years now and purge approx 2 or 3 times every day at the moment, I just dont know how bad it has to get before I am offered specialist help, it seems so ridiculous
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12/23/2011 03:29 AM
rlt
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I agree it is ridiculous that you ask for help....and do not get it!! I am assuming the "eating disorder" team specializes in anorexia. You are not alone in this frustration. Many docs look at you like you"re from another planet when you mention bulemia and you are of healthy weight. I would suggest finding a counselor/therapist who specializes in this disorder.

12/23/2011 06:43 AM
mem7085

Same here too, I went to rehab for substance abuse treatment and in the first day I told my counselor about my bulimia and he said "well our facility doesn't deal with kind of thing... we only offer help for addiction, and depression. This was a very nice well respected place too (and it was 90 residential treatment, meaning I live there for 3 three months).

When I got out I spent weeks calling all across the state to find help, but couldn't find a single person willing to help me unless I had a top flite insurance policy.

I told my parents all about it over a year ago too, they just shrugged it off and said "well good thing you don't have to that anymore".... we've never spoke about since.


12/23/2011 04:50 PM
rlt
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How absolutely painful that must have been... We are here for each othe and I an sooo thankful for thatSmile

12/28/2011 11:47 AM
KateManic
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I'm in the same boat. I've been bulimic for 6 years and as much as I've tried to get help for it, they won't address it because I'm overweight. Forget the fact that I purge 2-5 times a day and binge 3 times a week. Forget the fact that I abuse laxatives. Forget the fact that my brain is so warped that I can't eat a normal meal without practically having a panic attack and having it scream at me when I don't get the food out.

It seems like doctors are the ones that are confused. It HURTS to have someone tell you that you're perfectly fine when you know that you aren't. It makes me feel like a liar. What kills me the most is that I'm tired of hiding this. The more nonchalant they make this sound, the more I want to just come clean to EVERY SINGLE PERSON that I've been lying to and hope they act like they don't care either.

This illness isn't a joke. Just because your blood tests aren't abnormal doesn't mean you're not suffering. You need to be persistent if you're serious about getting help. It took me screaming and crying in my case worker's office to actually get them to MOVE and try to help.


12/29/2011 02:42 PM
mem7085

Rehab wasn't as bad as I thought it would be... we worked in groups of 12, and I don't think I could of came out in a roomful of people who wouldn't understand me or what I went through on a daily basis.

The only thing that really hurt was my parents ignoring it. It's like they put on blinders and walked right past it. I actually don't have a single supporter in the real world... I only have you guys...


12/30/2011 06:27 AM
rlt
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Your parents appear to be putting on blinders because I do not think they understand..... My husband is the same way. I confessed to him after I became bulemic and was b/ping for 6 months. I remember how hard it was to get the words and explanation out of an illness I did not understand. He told me he had an idea I was, or that something was wrong. Really???? This is I guess what makes the world go around, different people. If I were him, I would have confronted, asked if everything were ok ect.... My sister also knows and it is not discussed. I know these two people love me more than anything, they just don't get it. Same with your parents
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