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Hello and *hugs* I happen to have the anxiety disorder known as ocd (obsessive-compulsive disorder), so I know how difficult it can be to hide shameful, embarassing behaviors from others. It must be very hard to try to find ways to keep family and friends from knowing about your apparent eating disorder. Perhaps by your posting on the board, you're thinking of getting outside help.

Please, please do get outside help. As you are probably aware, any kind of purging (in your case, forced vomiting) is so damaging to one's health, both emotionally and physically. Medical complications can include a ruptured esophagus (esophagus being the swallowing tube), rotting or loss of teeth, and heart damage/failure. (And purging, in any form, doesn't help one to lose actual fat, but makes the person lose important electrolytes that actually help the heart to tick.)

It will probably be tough talking to your parents/family about your eating problem. I know for me regarding my ocd, it was upsetting, embarassing, I was afraid that they would think that I was "crazy." (Even though I sorta am ;-) Though, it may bring you a sense of relief just getting this off your mind and perhaps not feeling as though you are needing to hide anything, not living a lie, so to speak.

Perhaps you can talk with a counselor. Have you thought of going into a treatment program? There are many effective programs that may include inpatient therapy with individual and group counseling, activities therapy, and educational groups, outpatient therapy which is not nearly as structured, and eating disorder support groups as an adjunct to professional counseling.

It is my understanding that recommendations for receiving therapy for eating disorders is based on the person's medical history, how long they've had the disorder, if they've relapsed after previously being in some sort of treatment.

I realize that it is really difficult to talk about. When I told my psychiatrist (medical dr. who specializes in mental health) about my ocd, I wrote my symptoms down on a piece of paper and handed it to him. (I was going to read my embarassing behaviors aloud to him, but got too upset and just handed the paper over to him to read for himself instead.)

Perhaps in the meantime, you can go to a local support group for others with eating disorders whether they have anorexia, bulimia, and/or compulsive overeating/binge eating disorder. They are usually free of charge, and you'll be in the same room with others who understand what a person goes thru with this disorder. You may call your local Contact Helpline in your county to find out of area support groups and/or other resource info. The Contact number is usually located on the front page of your county phone book.

Take good care of yourself :-) Pleae use the resources that are available and you'll be just fine. Hugs

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