April 19th, 2010

Advice?

First time poster; I'm pretty sure this is within the posting guidelines?

This is kind of only generally related to my eating disorder, but I'm really in need of some advice. I think I want to talk to my mom about getting a therapist (I'm about 85% sure I have OCD) but I have no idea how to go about doing it. What would you say works / doesn't work? Is it worth it to try therapy in the first place?

Also, does anyone here have OCD? I've done a lot of research about it, not to sound all officious and presumptuous, but it explains so much and fits more than anything I've read about, which is a lot. Anyway, if you have OCD, has therapy or medication helped at all? Has the treatment you've received helped with your ED? I feel like the most harmful aspects of my problems are all directly related to obsessions / compulsions, including my food-related obsessions.

Thanks so much... I've been feeling desperate and lonely and I didn't really know who to ask.

This was somewhat x-posted to brains_omnomnom, but not completely.

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Hey, everyone. I'm also a first time poster! I've been struggling with self-diagnosed eating disorders for about 3 years (anorexic and bulimic tendencies), and I've recently made the tough decision to make my health a priority. It's going to be a hard road, but I think I'm finally ready. I was just wondering if any of you wonderful people knew the first steps I should take... I'm completely lost, I have no idea how I should start.

I know I want to start loving myself, that's very important to me -- more so than my weight (which is healthy, at this moment in time).
I also know I want to start eating healthy things, not purging, and not feeling terrible after. But I have no idea how to do this without gaining a substantial amount of weight... well to be honest, I'm even at a loss as to what "healthy" means anymore.

So I guess what I'm asking is if any of you wonderful people could point me in the direction of where I could find out what it means to love myself, and where I could better understand a balanced diet. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated -- as I said, I'm completely lost. I don't know the first steps to this whole thing called "recovery".