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I don’t have a ‘severe’ eating disorder, but I actively restrict my eating and always want to be thinner. I feel I’ve reached a point I never have before. I feel thin, when I look at myself, I know I’m thin, and I know I’m small. I’m getting to a point where I think my clothes look bad on me because I’m small. But I’m terrified to put on weight. Even though I feel I don’t look good now because of my smallness, I feel putting on weight wouldn’t make me look better, probably worse. I feel stuck in a loop, and I’ve never felt this before. I don’t know what to do. I’ve seen a specialist before (maybe 18 months ago now), but I hated it and I wasn’t improving. I stopped because I was basically paying a lot of money for no change, I wasn’t ready. My doctor also said he thought I wasn’t ready and there was no point continuing with treatment at the time. But I don’t think much would be different now if I seemed treatment. I’m stuck, I don’t know what to do. Has anyone been here before? Any advice? Thank you for reading.

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I have relapsed into anorexia after losing my father figure recently.

It has rapidly gotten out of control and I work in a high-stress environment where I am constantly being approached by other employees for assistance. Being present and able to engage with others is becoming increasingly difficult, both emotionally and physically. I also work in an environment that it 99% male- I am one of two women in my workplace of over 50 people. This is not something that would be understood and I am a very private person- I do not want other employees knowing this about me.

My physician has expressed that inpatient treatment may be necessary based on how rapid the decline has been physically.

I have no idea how to let my boss know that I may need some concessions (working remotely 1-2 days a week, potentially some time off, etc). I do not want my employer knowing about my eating disorder, so I'm certainly not willing to get into specifics- I also know that chalking it up to just grief may not cut it. A couple of people have noted the physical changes over the past few months so I am naively hoping that my employer hasn't noticed himself.

I am looking for suggestions on how to have this discussion, and how to broach the subject matter without providing details about my very personal life.

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I have noticed that along with food my restrictive tendencies tend to also affect my spending and amount of fun time. I have also gotten into living more environmentally friendly and have restricted my plastic use severely. Are these all other ways for me to punish myself? Any advice for how much is ok?

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I am curious if there are any resources, anywhere, about dieting (healthily) when you have a history of disordered eating behaviors. I broke through my ED about 2 years ago, then gained some weight (to a point of being “overweight”) and would like to lose a bit — but all I know is those old behaviors, and I worry that any other approach would just trigger them anyway. I’ve found exactly one article that discusses this topic, but even that’s an article, not a usable resource/guide. Any leads would be greatly appreciated!

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I've been faced with a lot of backlash about being vegan (since Oct) since I have a history of anorexia. I don't believe it feeds into my eating disorder and I did not become vegan while I was actively anorexic. I have since fallen a bit into a blip of relapse but I don't believe it was connected and that adding in animal products wouldn't stop my restriction. I am working wit my nutritionist to get back in the calories I have dropped from my meal plan re last 2 months.

Has anyone deal with a similar situation? How did you convince people it isn't a way to restrict and lose weight?

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Hello, everyone. I have been doing really well recently, I keep a tracker “days since last ...” and it’s already more than 40 days. I totally believe I can make it 60 and then more. My therapist encouraged me to come up with a reward for each week or 10 days I spend without breakdowns, I like the idea but can’t think of anything I could do. What do you think? Does it sound like a good thing to do? Thank you!

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I was reading about anorexia and I would like to ask a question in this subreddit. I read online that it is "notoriously hard for people with anorexia to recognize the disease". Is this true? If so, then how did they find out?

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Does anyone know of any good ED in-person support groups in/near the Washington DC, Arlington VA, or Baltimore MD area? Specifically trying to recover from a restrict-binge-purge cycle. Thank you!!

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For anyone who has been hospitalised due to an ED, how come and what happened?

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She suffers from depression, anxiety & OCD. Since we got together we've both put on weight. Originally from having too much fun but now out of comfort/emotional eating. She's also very passionate about food & wine.

What I am concerned about is that is constantly jiggling her belly, with and without clothes on. She even tried to get me to do it. She pull her underwear and pants up really high, like Harry high pants. It's really not appealing at all and it's affected our sex life. That's not what I'm concerned about though, it's really about her severely reduced self-esteem, self-sabotage, increased social anxiety & body dismorphia. I'll elaborate on that last part... She is constantly pointing out much larger girls and asking "I'm not bigger than her am I"?

Does this sort of thing sound familiar to anyone?

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