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Anorexic Tendencies - Is It Serious?

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
i think i have anorexic tendencies.... i try to strave myself and when i get through a day without anything to eat it gives me pride... but often i give in at least once .. i cry after meals most times and i refuse to eat anything with fat in it ... i want to tell someone but idk if its all that seriuos or if im just depressed.what should i do?
Signed: Anorexic Tendencies - Is It Serious?

Dear Anorexic Tendencies - Is It Serious?,


You do show signs of having an eating disorder – severely restricting the types of foods you eat and the amount of food you allow yourself to have, feeling a sense of pride at being able to deprive yourself of food, and crying when you do eat. Eating disorders are very serious and require professional treatment before severe tolls are taken upon your emotional and physical well-being.


It is also possible that you are dealing with some kind of depressive disorder, as people with eating disorders may be dealing with other mental health illnesses as well, such as mood disorders.  If you are dealing with a depressive disorder, this needs to be taken seriously as well, since depression can negatively impact many areas of a person’s life and requires treatment from trained professionals.


TeenHealthFX thinks that it is important for you to tell someone right away about these “anorexic tendencies,” as well as any symptoms of depression you may be experiencing. You could talk to your parents or a counselor at school so that a consultation can be set up with a mental health professional who can give you an accurate diagnosis and who can work with you on creating an effective treatment plan based on that diagnosis.


If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.


You can contact the Eating Disorders Program at Atlantic Health at 908-522-5757 for more information and to set up an evaluation.


You can contact the National Eating Disorders Association at 1-800-931-2237 for more information and referral services.


For more information on eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, please read On The Brink Of Developing An Eating Disorder. For more information on depression, including the signs and symptoms of depression, please read Signs And Symptoms Of Depression.

Signed: TeenHealthFX