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okay, im 15 and everytime i eat i throw up. and i only eat once a day. Is this normal? I also cut, and am very depressive all the time.


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replied May 19th, 2010
Eating Disorders Answer A12206
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you out.
You seem to be afflicted with eating disorder viz. Bulimia nervosa with associated depression. Eating disorders are more common in young females in their teens and persons with these disorders tend to be secretive about their eating habits and can hide it from their own family for months to years. Also there is self denial regarding any weight concerns. The central tendency is an intense fear of becoming overweight due to which patient indulges in abnormal eating habits and behaviour.
Someone with bulimia may
- have recurrent episodes of binge eating
-fear of not being able to stop eating during binges
-regularly engaging in compensatory mechanisms like self induced vomiting
- use of laxatives or fasting to counteract binges
-minimum average of 2 binge eating episodes/wk for at least 3 months
As the detrimental effects of eating disorders are immense usually caused by severe electrolyte disturbances, cardiac arrhythmias, amenorrhea, fertility issues, depression ,hypothermia, low bone density with associated risk of stress fractures, congestive heart failure, poor peer relations, low self esteem, suicidal tendencies and even death; you must not delay medical assistance and see your psychiatric specialist who may like to evaluate you with questionnaires for disordered eating behaviours and cognitions and if required institute a treatment regimen by a multidisciplinary team to help your cause.
I hope that I have been of help. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.



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