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Re: Laxative abuse
Oct 4, 2005
The laxatives started making me sick. I would take them and then wake up cramped and sick as a dog. So, I had to make the decision to stop taking them. Eventually it's going to catch up with you and take a toll on your body. It's hard enough having a mental illness let alone having physical problems to go along with it. I'm also diabetic (type 2) so the laxative abuse wasn't helping that either. It took me getting sick in order to realize that I had to make some changes. It was a hard decision but it had to be done. Now, I'm not going to lie to you, there are still times when I want to just take a whole handful of laxatives. It's almost as if it's an addiction because you're body becomes so dependent on them and your mind as well becomes dependent on it because you feel a release from taking them and the effect that they have. So, it's not just a physical challenge but a mental challenge as well trying to stop abusing laxatives. It takes some time, therapy, and a lot of hard work but it can be done.

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