National Eating Disorders Association

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I can't help but feel like I'm dying sometimes. I've had bulimia for three years now and one year of anorexia before but I'm only nineteen and otherwise pretty healthy and average weight. Sometimes though my body feels just wrecked and I keep catching people saying stuff like 'people with eating disorder tend to die from them anyway' or that they're basically impossible to heal and this all seems so hopeless. I can't even remember ever having eaten normally

Hi lenchen!

Hi lenchen!

First of all, don't listen to negative people like that! A big part of this disorder is that your mind tricks your body into feeling and behaving in ways that our brains then overreact about. Eating disorders are mental disorders because they affect the way think about our body. I highly encourage you to contact the NEDA Helpline at 1-800-931-2237 to help you through your most challenging days. It sounds like you are in a very negative place and the NEDA Helpline/chat line can offer you support and provide you with information on treatment and counseling.

Do you have a solid support system around you of friends and/or family? With the right support and treatment you can absolutely beat this! Many, many, many people have kicked their ED in the butt before, and it isn't impossible to heal.
Please keep us updated on your progress, and remember that you can post here day or night!

Hi lenchen!

Hi lenchen,

Thanks for posting on the forum! I am really sorry that you are having such a hard time right now and I just wanted to post to say that we are here to support you! People that say negative things about others are insensitive, recovery is definitely possible and it is not hopeless.

I also noticed the title of your post and it really worried me, if you are feeling depressed or hopeless please contact the Suicide Hotline at 800-273-TALK. I care about your safety and I really want you to get through this tough time safely. I know that you can do this!!

Please keep posting and keep us updated!

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