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worried I might have an eting disorder

My therapist tells me that I have EDNOS. I restrict my food intake and I have an intense fear of gaining weight. I'm still at a normal weight, but my therapist says if I keep losing weight, it would turn into anorexia. I red online in the DIagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders said something about atypical anorexia. Any advice would be appreciated. I've been restricting my food intake now for about six months.

Welcome to the forums!

Hi angellic23,

I don't have any personal experience with atypical anorexia, but I'm sure someone else here on the forums has gone through or is currently going through something similar. I see you already have a therapist, but if you need further professional resources, I suggest you call the NEDA Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. The volunteers can help you find treatment options (therapists, physicians, dietitians, etc.) in your area. Meanwhile, please keep posting! This community is wonderfully supportive and I'm confident you'll benefit from it during your recovery :)

Stay strong!



Thanks for your support.

Hi angellic23,

Like Cosmia said, welcome to the forums!

Eating disorder diagnosis can be really tricky, and the different diagnoses aren't always as black-and-white as we might think. First, I'm glad to hear that you're seeing a therapist! I hope that you like working with them and that they are helpful to you.

EDNOS was the diagnosis from the DSM-IV, and in the newer DSM (the DSM-5), the name has essentially changed to OSFED. NEDA has a great page that discusses OSFED diagnoses: . From what I understand, the idea behind OSFED and diagnoses like atypical anorexia is that if you still experience distressing disordered eating behaviors and thought processes, and they're interfering with your life, then it doesn't matter if you have a particular definable disorder like anorexia or bulimia--you still deserve and can benefit from seeking treatment. I think the idea behind atypical anorexia (where you have anorexic symptoms but don't meet the exact low weight requirement) is that if you continue with your current eating behaviors, you could eventually hit the weight requirement specified in the DSM. I think one of the reasons they include diagnoses like these is so that people can still get treatment and health insurance benefits, etc. (We wouldn't want to have to tell people, "Sorry! You have ED symptoms and are really distressed by them, but we can't help you until you weigh XX. Come back later!" That wouldn't be effective or helpful at all.)

So, like Cosmia said, you might consider asking your therapist or calling the NEDA Helpline to find out about ED specialists (nutritionists, dietitians, etc.) in your area. There are all kinds of resources available out there. This forum offers another great resource.I hope you find the support you're looking for here.

Please keep us updated! Best of luck, angellic23! :)

eating and anxiety

When I eat, it is very anxiety provoking... I have an intense fear of gaining weight. So eating is very difficult for me.

Sounds familiar

That's certainly a feeling I (and many others) can relate to. I've dealt with a variety of different iterations of ED, as well as generalized, non-ED anxiety and depression. Did you start seeing your therapist because of your potential ED issues, or did you start going for a different reason and just get the diagnosis recently?


I started seeing my therapist because I have borderline personality disorder. He just recently gave me that diagnosis of OSFED. He doesn't specialize in eating disorders , and there are no therapists in my area that specialize in eating disorders.

Hi angellic23,

I know you said that there are no ED specialists in your area, but I still highly suggest calling the NEDA Helpline that both Cosmia and kelsey207 mentioned. The volunteers at the Helpline may be aware of resources in your area that you are unaware of, such as support groups for people who have EDs. There's no guarantee that there will be a therapist who specializes in EDs, but there are tons of other resources that may be just as helpful to you.

Stay strong, and good luck!


The closest therapist that specializes in eating disorders is two hours away. In case anyone was wondering, I'm blind and use a screen reader on my computer to read and reply to these posts.

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