National Eating Disorders Association

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I am terrified of my disorder

I’ve had an eating disorder for over 10 years. I can purge easily. I’m terrified. I’ve lost over 5 teeth and I have another that’s cracked terribly. I know I should seek help but it’s a habit at this point. I feel genuinely ill if I don’t purge. I can feel sick for days.
I really hope you can help me, I long for someone who understands.

Dear besskarn, we would like

Dear besskarn, we would like to inform you that we edited your post to remove specific details about disordered eating behaviors. You can review our community guidelines here. Thanks for your understanding and please continue to post! 

Best place for help

Is with a medical professional and eating disorder treatment and eating disorder specialists. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to provide advice or name places to look at. But know you're not alone. I struggled with eating disorders for 29 years. Please continue to keep us updated. I know a lot of people care about others on this website. If you need resources, you can chat online with NEDA or you can call them.

I would like to encourage you

I would like to encourage you to seek help. As was stated by Savedbygrace it's a really good idea to find someplace that has medical professionals that specialize in eating disorders.

Eating disorders ARE terrifying for a multitude of reasons and I am not surprised that you are scared. Please try reaching out to a doctor and therapist who can start to help you, even if that feels terrifying too. I definitely understand how you feel, but the fact that you posted here shows that you aren't happy with the status quo.

Good luck.

I regret seeking for help

I have an eating disorder that lasted for over a year now, and I did tell my parents about it when things started to worsen, but now I regret it because every time I greet my father, he asks me whether I purged today or not, or whether I'm eating or not. Worst of all, he asks about my weight, which makes me feel disgusted and I end up purging even though I didn't eat.

I'm sorry for what happened

But no body regrets seeking professional help. Families can be unhelpful for sure. Having a therapist to mediate also helps, so I would encourage you to seek out professional help.

I agree

Oh boy! I totally agree with Savedbygrace that there is a huge difference between professional help and "help" from family. Even with the best of intentions family members can say the most inappropriate and wounding things and it sounds like you're in that situation. Would your dad be willing to see a professional with you so that he could begin to navigate your situation in a more appropriate and supportive way? Even if he won't or can't, I hope that you are seeing a professional.


Hi! We wanted to reiterate that the NEDA Helpline is always an option to get support and information about seeking professional help. It can be reached at 800.931.2237 or chat with them online ( M-TH 9-9 EST and F 9-5 EST. besskarn, please know you are not alone and there are resources available to help. Please don’t hesitate to reach out, and take care.

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