Eating Disorders Articles

Middle-Aged and Still Bulimic

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, January 20th, 2014
I am 51 years old and I have had an eating disorder since high school. I have been in therapy in the past for about 14 years tried many meds injured myself, and now I am leveled off, living on my own raising a ...

Losing Touch with Reality

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
I've always been paranoid. I'd cry at least once a week from the ages of 4 to 9. I'd cry at night worrying about my parents dying or us being robbed and murdered or one of my parents dying in a car crash. There was no ...

Persistent Destructive Behaviors

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, October 28th, 2013
To whom it may concern, I find my life increasingly consumed by a number of destructive behaviors. For example, binge drinking, binge eating, self harm and continually lying and stealing from close family for no apparent reason. I don't mean to do these things, it's ...

Emotional Abuse by Father

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, August 30th, 2013
I'm 21 and I didn't have an easy life. My dad has always demanded so much of me that it ended up draining me and sending down a spiral of depression, OCD, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. My dad's constant pressure has never allowed me ...

Weird Feelings for a Long Time

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, August 30th, 2013
Hi, I usually feel a little paranoid about these forums, but I just want an opinion. I don’t even know where to start. I've dealt with self esteem issues for a long time. In high school I was known as the weird girl who ran ...

Vague Flashbacks

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Since very early in my life I have experienced intrusive sexual images that have been nearly impossible to rid myself of during some episodes. Recently I have reflected on how these thoughts seem quite like flashbacks. They are always involving the same person and are ...

Crying and Anger

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, July 26th, 2013
Often I find myself more sad than happy. I don't feel good enough to anyone, and when I try to say it to my family of a friend they always tell me to get over it. They tell me that I think the worlds out ...

Abusive Family Causing Trouble

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, July 22nd, 2013
This eventually got to me and I became suicidal at age 8. I cried and prayed every night that I would die in a terrible accident. I eventually swallowed a whole bottle of pills at 11, but survived(obviously). Then I began self harming and developed ...

Still Facing Eating Disorder

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Last year I got influenced by an anorexic friend and I started experiencing eating disorder symptoms. I binged & starved & eventually ended up purging as well. I went to therapy for 6 months & got over all of it. I was eating fine for ...

Voices

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, June 7th, 2013
I'm not sure what’s wrong with me. I was diagnosed with depression in the middle of 8th grade but now I'm almost done with tenth grade and I feel like everything's getting worse. I'm hearing voices in my head and I hate eating because it ...

Mental Illness vs. Character Flaws

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, May 24th, 2013
How do I determine the difference between the mental illnesses my daughter lives with and character defects? It is difficult for me to know the difference. Can you offer some guidelines that will help discern the differences, to help me in knowing how to respond? My ...

Do I Have An Eating Disorder?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
I don't know if I have an eating disorder or not. Back in July, 2012, I started eating roughly 200-600 calories a day and exercising about 2-4 after my friend said, "If you eat, you lose the starvation contest." I hate my body, and weight, ...