April 4th, 2006

First Post

I apologize if this has been posted before, but a recent post made me think of this. I know that for me personally the lying in general didn't start until my ED and progressed from there. I started lying, stealing, self-injury, and the urge to do drugs and drink after my ED began. Maybe it was age, maybe depression, but I'm not sure. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced more things beginning as their ED did. Maybe it's because the ED causes depression from chemical imbalances (starving or binge/purge) and causes more self-destructive habbits in general or it's more directly related to the eating disorder.

Has anyone started or seen an increase in the following after your ED had begun: lying, stealing, drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, or self-injury
A moment

Two posts today?

For those of you who have not heard anything about Terri Schiavo and the huge controversy about her death, go here for back story.

For the rest of you that have followed her story, I found some interesting information today. I was looking through the April 10th issue of People magazine and found an article about her husband's experience and his side of things. There was some new information in the article that I had never heard before that really shocked me.

It said that Terri's traumatic heart failure that lead to her being in a coma from 1990 until 2005 when her feeding tube was finally removed, was said to have possibly been caused by potassium deficiancy. This deficiancy may have been caused by her "previously undiagnosed case of bulimia" and apparently she had lost an extreme amount of weight and been plagued with "menstrual problems" for quite some time.

"In 1992 Michael Schiavo won more than $1 million in a malpractice suit against two of Terri's doctors for failing to test her for eating disorders..."

This surprised me. How do you all feel about it?
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Attention: GTA-ers



Attention: Anyone living in the Greater Toronto Area

The documentary titled "Thin" directed by Lauren Greenfield (2005) will be playing at Toronto's HotDocs film festival!

Many women count calories but for some it's an obsession. In her directorial debut, renowned photographer Lauren Greenfield takes her unflinching lens into Florida's Renfrew Center, a residential facility for the treatment of severe eating disorders. Over six months, the camera unobtrusively follows four women, documenting their daily trials and humiliations as they battle a deadly psychiatric disorder, anorexia nervosa. We meet 25-year-old Shelley who lives in the shadow of her "perfect" twin and has a feeding tube surgically implanted in her stomach; Alisa, a bulimic 30-year-old single mother who is blind to her extraordinary beauty and intelligence; Polly, a charismatic 29-year-old who continually sabotages her treatment by breaking the centre's stringent rules; and 15-year-old Brittany, a creative teen who strives for the approval of her peers but is torn apart by intense self-loathing. With unprecedented access, Greenfield films her subjects in therapy sessions, during early morning weigh-ins and at agonizing mealtimes. What emerges is an emotionally charged portrait of young women caught in an invisible pandemic and the flawed yet dedicated institution struggling to feed their ravaged bodies and minds.

Playing times:
Sat Apr 29, 7:00pm ROM Theatre
Mon May 1, 11:00am ROM Theatre

Cost:
$10, but the screening for Monday in the daytime is FREE for students and seniors who show ID.

Info:
Box Office Info
HotDocs.ca