Since I was 8, I’ve been looking in the mirror and seeing a fat person. When I was 13, I went on a diet and ate only carrots and celery. I would run 10 miles before school and exercise for three hours after I got home. Then I would get so hungry that I would eat every carb and sugar food I could find in the kitchen or if had enough money, I would buy junk food. I’d eat until I felt sick, and then I would go into the bathroom and throw-up. I even got to the point where I would steal money from my mom’s purse to buy junk food. My parents kept asking me how I could eat so much and stay so thin. I told them my metabolism must have changed, but I don ‘t think they believed me. I was also having problems with my teeth. My dentist asked me how I was wearing down the enamel. And then there was this awful depression. Last night, my parents told me they had found a program where the people could help me with my “eating disorder,” but first I would need to go to a shorter program in a hospital near where we live. I told them I wasn’t sick, and that I didn’t need treatment especially at two different places.
Well, after the hospital program and 4 months at Calo Young Adults, I’m beginning to understand why I do what I do with food. My therapist said there were other issues we needed to work on, and that my problems had to do more with those than they did with food. I’m not sure I can stop the purging. The positive thing is that I am at a healthier weight because I stopped throwing-up. The staff at Calo Young Adults really gets it, and my therapist is working with my parents and with me so they can better understand the problem I have, and the part they play. Many days I feel panicky, especially after I eat, and depressed, but I’m going to keep trying to get better.
Students who enroll at Calo Young Adults for treatment for an eating disorder have in most cases been diagnosed during adolescence. Having experienced a course of treatment that in many instances has not addressed the core issues which underlie the eating behavior, these students can present symptoms to include avoidant-restrictive eating, binge eating, and inappropriate compensatory behavior (purging). A host of disorders are comorbid with an eating disorder and can consist of, among others, Bipolar Disorder, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Personality Disorders.
last modified: February 29th, 2016