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  1. #1

    How abnormal is this?

    Hello,
    I'm not exactly sure how to explain this...I guess I was just wondering how problematic my eating behavior is. I'm relatively thin would describe myself as being pretty afraid of gaining any weight. I watch what I eat very carefully and always exercise. Occasionally I will break and indulge in some fatty food at night, and then wake up in the morning feeling extremely guilty about it. I weigh myself quite a lot. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it but I had OCD although I'm not too bothered by it now. I'm just pretty much bothered by anxiety in general. I remember at one point when I was around 16 I was down pretty low and my mom was pretty concerned, almost taking me to the doctor. Another bit of background is that I am a chronic pot smoker (which helps with appetite and anxiety actually, so maybe that's a good thing). Do you think this is a disorder or just very disciplined eating?
    Thank you very much!

  2. #2

    How abnormal is this?

    Hello,
    I'm not exactly sure how to explain this...I guess I was just wondering how problematic my eating behavior is. I'm relatively thin would describe myself as being pretty afraid of gaining any weight. I watch what I eat very carefully and always exercise. Occasionally I will break and indulge in some fatty food at night, and then wake up in the morning feeling extremely guilty about it. I weigh myself quite a lot. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it but I had OCD although I'm not too bothered by it now. I'm just pretty much bothered by anxiety in general. I remember at one point when I was around 16 I was down pretty low and my mom was pretty concerned, almost taking me to the doctor. Another bit of background is that I am a chronic pot smoker (which helps with appetite and anxiety actually, so maybe that's a good thing). Do you think this is a disorder or just very disciplined eating?
    Thank you very much!

  3. #3

    How abnormal is this?

    I think a lot of women (and men too) struggle with eating issues so I would say unfortunately it's fairly common. I'm not sure if it is technically an eating disorder though.

    I would suggest that you talk with someone about this if that is possible. Maybe if you addressed the underlying anxiety then it would be easier to cope with the other things.

  4. #4

    How abnormal is this?

    I think a lot of women (and men too) struggle with eating issues so I would say unfortunately it's fairly common. I'm not sure if it is technically an eating disorder though.

    I would suggest that you talk with someone about this if that is possible. Maybe if you addressed the underlying anxiety then it would be easier to cope with the other things.

  5. #5

    How abnormal is this?

    Thanks for your encouragment. I agree that it would be good to address the underlying anxiety. I think I have a strong drive for perfectionism and that plays into it. I keep thinking that I need to be thinner than everyone else, have no flaws, physical or otherwise. I was doing pretty well with my anxiety until I seperated from my husband three months ago. Strangely I had no feelings about it at all. However I find myself feeling anxious about other things. I went to my doctor for an unrelated matter and my pulse was very high so I ended up getting about 60 doses of ativan (I had to talk the doctor into giving me extra). They have helped a lot although now I'm running low and kind of worried. I also had Valium but ran out of that too. I tried to slow down smoking pot and ended up drinking quite a lot. I think the calories from the alcohol have been very distressing to me too. I know I am coming off like a nutcase, but I do not think and hope that I don't come off that way in person.
    Anyway, thanks again. I have had extremely bad experiences with therapy and I don't know if I'll be going back (unless I have to for more ativan).

  6. #6

    How abnormal is this?

    Thanks for your encouragment. I agree that it would be good to address the underlying anxiety. I think I have a strong drive for perfectionism and that plays into it. I keep thinking that I need to be thinner than everyone else, have no flaws, physical or otherwise. I was doing pretty well with my anxiety until I seperated from my husband three months ago. Strangely I had no feelings about it at all. However I find myself feeling anxious about other things. I went to my doctor for an unrelated matter and my pulse was very high so I ended up getting about 60 doses of ativan (I had to talk the doctor into giving me extra). They have helped a lot although now I'm running low and kind of worried. I also had Valium but ran out of that too. I tried to slow down smoking pot and ended up drinking quite a lot. I think the calories from the alcohol have been very distressing to me too. I know I am coming off like a nutcase, but I do not think and hope that I don't come off that way in person.
    Anyway, thanks again. I have had extremely bad experiences with therapy and I don't know if I'll be going back (unless I have to for more ativan).

  7. #7

    How abnormal is this?

    Hon, you've got some real serious problems going on. You're abusing multiple drugs from the sounds of it. That's not helping your anxiety, it's causing it to worsen. On top of that, you're probably not getting enough nourishment. You really need to face this for the problem it is, not try to mask it with pot, benzos, and/or alcohol. You need to get treatment for the underlying problems that are causing your anxiety. You also need to address your tendency toward addictive behaviors. These are things best done with a therapist. You won't be sorry, believe me.

  8. #8

    How abnormal is this?

    Hon, you've got some real serious problems going on. You're abusing multiple drugs from the sounds of it. That's not helping your anxiety, it's causing it to worsen. On top of that, you're probably not getting enough nourishment. You really need to face this for the problem it is, not try to mask it with pot, benzos, and/or alcohol. You need to get treatment for the underlying problems that are causing your anxiety. You also need to address your tendency toward addictive behaviors. These are things best done with a therapist. You won't be sorry, believe me.

  9. #9

    How abnormal is this?

    That is probably very true (although perhaps I overstated things a bit, I don't think they are quite THAT bad). I don't think that I'll have to worry about the benzos, I doubt anyone will give me anymore. Perhaps I will try to talk to someone about the other two things though. I did not mean to come across so bizarrely though...I do well at work and in school and am in good health in general. I did not mean to create such alarm! I'm totally fine, no more or less problems than anyone else. Admittedly my coping skills could be much better though!

  10. #10

    How abnormal is this?

    That is probably very true (although perhaps I overstated things a bit, I don't think they are quite THAT bad). I don't think that I'll have to worry about the benzos, I doubt anyone will give me anymore. Perhaps I will try to talk to someone about the other two things though. I did not mean to come across so bizarrely though...I do well at work and in school and am in good health in general. I did not mean to create such alarm! I'm totally fine, no more or less problems than anyone else. Admittedly my coping skills could be much better though!

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