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Feeling hopeless

Me and my grandma are getting kicked out of our house and don’t know where we’re gonna go. I’m relapsing in my ED and I just feel like I’m disappointing everyone and everyone would be better without me. I’m getting really dizzy every time I stand up and this just feels hopeless. Everything feels hopeless. My youth group leader asks me how I am and I want to tell him the truth but what if he really doesn’t care how I am and I just burden him with all these problems. I can’t let people down anymore. I don’t know what to do about this relapse, I don’t wanna tell anyone because I’m just gonna let them down. What should I do?

Tired and not knowing what to do

Just finished a workout. Can’t stand up without collapsing. Very dizzy. Probably not very healthy but my ED’s screaming at me to continue my workout but I can’t stand up anymore. This feels hopeless. I feel like imma pass out any second.

Medical Symptoms

Hi Depressedkid_1, we’re sorry to hear about what’s going on. You mentioned some worrying medical symptoms and we encourage you to seek medical attention about these concerns. The following are just some of the signs of a serious problem that demands immediate medical attention:

  • accidentally or deliberately caused themselves a physical injury
  • become suicidal
  • confused thinking and is not making any sense
  • delusions (false beliefs) or hallucinations (experiencing things that aren’t there)
  • disoriented; doesn’t know what day it is, where they are or who they are
  • vomiting several times a day or has uncontrollable vomiting or diarrhea
  • experiencing dizziness or fainting spells
  • too weak to walk or collapses
  • painful muscle spasms
  • experience pain in the lower legs
  • complaining of chest pain or having trouble breathing
  • blood in their bowel movements, urine or vomit
  • a body mass index (BMI) of less than 16
  • an irregular heartbeat, and fast heartbeat, or very low heart beat (less than 50 beats per minute)
  • cold or clammy skin indicating a low body temperature or has a body temperature of less than 35 degrees Celsius/95 degrees Fahrenheit
  • experience dizziness, nausea, fever
  • wounds/cuts heal slowly
  • feel tingling in the hands or feet
  • blurred vision

If you experience anything above, we highly recommend seeking help from a medical professional as soon as possible. Seek medical help soon on an outpatient basis if you:

  • have significant heartburn and/or a burning sensation after eating
  • have other gastrointestinal concerns
  • have high blood pressure
  • struggle with significant joint or muscle pain
  • have difficulty sleeping (falling and/or remaining asleep)
  • struggle with fatigue, sudden weight gain, and/or hair loss
  • have frequent urination or unquenchable thirst
  • have gained and lost significant weight repeatedly
  • have gained significant weight in a short period of time
  • struggle with chronic diarrhea or constipation

 If you need additional help we’d like to encourage you to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, which can be reached at 1-800- 273- TALK (8255). If you feel you are in crisis, you can also text “NEDA” to 741-741. Your well-being matters, and we hope you stay safe and take care.