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Bulimia and Bi-Polar Disorder

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I am 22 years old and I've been throwing up my food since I was in the fifth grade. No one knows about this except for my best friend. I started just to throw up only when I ate too much and was really full but for the past 2 and a ahalf years its been an everyday thing from 1 to 5 times a day. I've lost about 15 lbs this yr and I'm at a slightly heavy weight my health is not bad, and it keeps me balancde and I honestly dont want to stop. It's become such a habit to me. I noticed I do it more as a control thing does that make sense. Like when I am upset and it seems like things are out of control I throw up more. Recently I have been feeling like I am having a mental breakdown. My mother is bipolar and she thinks I am too and she wants mo to go to the dr and get diagnosed so i can get on some meds. I was wondering if bulemia is something that you can develop from being bipolar? Also I was wondering if I make sure I dont get too skinny and unhealthy is it really that bad to throw up cause it is the only thing that makes me feel better when things are bad.

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replied December 12th, 2006
Eating Disorders Answer A1929
Bulimia is a disorder of the eating instinct (appetite) wherein a person eats great amounts of food (overeating) and then deliberately vomits the ingested food in order to prevent gaining weight. In time, such eating behavior can cause oral infections, caries, esophagitis, and anorexia with all the further complications that develop from it. Bulimia is common for adolescent girls with family problems, a perfectionist personality, an overemphasis on physical appearance, and/or depression.

Intentional throwing up can not be justified as a method for emotional relief when you feel emotionally bad. In time, vomiting may become typical behavior for coping with the bad consequences (mentioned above) and then the emotional problems can inflate.

Depression is one phase of bipolar disorder. The depressive phase may include appetite disorder but there are also some other symptoms present such as: trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping; fatigue and lack of energy; feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and inappropriate guilt; extreme difficulty concentrating; agitation, restlessness, and irritability; inactivity and withdrawal from usual activities; feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, and recurring thoughts of death or suicide.

You have to ask medical help from a mental health doctor before it is too late.

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