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Anorexia and Laxatives

Over the last 2-3 years I have been remembering things from my childhood to do with sexual abuse.  I have been to councelling, but just as I was getting somewhere they stopped my appointments.  Since then I have been hiding away from everyone and over the last couple of months have been taking laxatives to loose weight.  It seems that every time that I have something to eat I need to take a laxative to take the guilt feeling away.

Can you please tell me whether there are short/long term problems that could arise from taking them.  I am currently taking anti-depressants, however they don't seem to take away the feelings of guilt, and when I feel low I have to self harm to make me feel better.  I think I am now in a vicious circle that I don't know how to get out of.

I would also be grateful if you could let me know what weight I should be.  I am currently about 90 pounds and 5'6" tall.
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You describe inappropriate laxative use despite being underweight, which may be due to eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. These disorders are not uncommonly co-morbid with depression and personality disorders.

Laxative abuse and excessive weight loss can cause sudden death, seizures, and cardiac disease.

I urge you to discuss your concerns further with your treating physician/psychiatrist.

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Yes, there are both short term and long term effects from taking laxitives. You can make yourself dead, and failing that, get to the point that you can no longer poop without them. A 5'6" woman with and average build should weigh somewhere between 120 and 140 pounds. You ought to seek out some assistance from a mental health professional who has experience in treating eating disorders. Your body will start canabalizing its own heart and other organs for the energy to keep going if you don't start giving it the nutrition it needs to live.
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i have a weight problem. i am over weight and i want to lose some weight fast. i have tryed to take diet pills, but they don't work because they smell really bad and i couldn't swallow they. i have tried to be bolimic, but i couldn't puke. i mean, i like took a tooth brush and pushed it to the back of my throat and i couldn't puke. i was anorexic for 12 days strait. then i was hungry. exercizing doesn't work either. please help me before i kill my self be taking too many laxatives. thanks
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I just wanted to let you know that my heart really goes out for you. I too have suffered from the 2 eating disorders myself. I got up to taking 100 laxatives per day. I am now laxative free, due to years of therapy, and the right meds of course. It does take time, but there is still a lot of hope, and you can recover. I just wanted to give you some inspiration, at a time where you feel like there is none.
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hahaha aha ah ha ha youre a dork who talkes elax to lose the exess weight yuve been carrying evey one should way about 80 pounds or under to loose it you do it by volmitting
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OK i know i need some help.  i am 13 and i have already tried all of the fast ways to lose weight.  i didnt eat. i threw up what i ate. i am now takeing laxitives. i read this sight and thats really bad.  I let myself eat some stuff though. But  when i do i feel gultiy.  i am kind of screwed up in the head though.  I mean i have low self esteam and **** like that. and i hate to talk to people because last time i got down to 98 pounds and i am 5"9 i got put in the hospital. i hate the hospital.  But know i really an over weight and i need to get it off. i weigh 127 and i want to weigh 115. how can i lose that much weight fast?
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hi i'm melissa and i bam 14 5'4" and i wiegh 137. i think of my self as fat i hated my body and now tyhat i came to think about it i've never really tried to lose the wieght. i found a guy who doesn't look at me and say "whoa she's fat" and i just wear reall big clothes to make me look skinny. that helps me a little and now that scvhool started i am in marching band and i have lost alot of wieght
just because exercise didn't work before doesn't mean it won't ever. maybe you just didn't go at it long enough. don't go to alternitives stay the old fashion way at losing wieght.be in alot of sports and don't think about you wieght. diet pills just dehydrate you they take all the water out of your body.
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Hello I'm Mike, I'm a senior at Bowie HS in Austin,TX.  I am currently enroled in an Anatomy/Physology course.  For this grading period our teacher is having us research an area of Anorexia Nervosa.  I decided upon the muscular atrophy aspect of this disorder.  My questions about this are: Why does atrophy occur?, Can the lost muscle tissue be repaired or replaced?, If the tissue can be repaired or replaced, what changes need to occur in the behavior of the patient?  
Thanks
Mike
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I am 42 I am over weight. I do see a therapist. I take laxatives everyday. I use up to 20 to 25 they are 500mg. I weigh 132 I am 5'8. I have to loose this weigh or else. I know they say I am really sick. But I still have to get back to my weigh of 112. And I will. The laxatives work fast. Plus the diet pills help to. And I will not eat over 250 calories a day. NO WAY. Part of me know I need help but most of me says I am fine. I just don't know anymore. But one thing is for sure i need to be 112. And i can't stop until I get there.

If you want to write back My e-mail is ***@****

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Hi everyone i know the things and consequences that lies being anorexia because i feel the same way when looking at the mirror looking fat but actually everybody says im thin. But I just coudn't help it. I easily get emotionally down or upset when I gain weight now my face looks fat... I envy those girls who are thin. Got obssessed for it because it will look great on me when i do fashion. I have fat legs and thats just what keeps me to go thin. I also wanted my jeans to fit on me and being fat made me anxious and insecure if i compare myself to other thin girls. Im a nursing graduate 21 y.o. 5'4" tall weight 50kg who is reviewing for the board exam but im having a sideline job that will help me to get rid of my weight like call centers working on a graveyard shift. I take pills, go to the gym mondays to saturdays. I deprive my self from eating and it made me very sick and so i take pills to supress eating knowing the side effects until i abuse myself doing excessive exercising and working. Everyone was shock for being thin so fast and so some of them ask me wether im anorexic and that i look sick and maybe i am. You see being thin makes me feel confident and superior but i have a stress ulcer and has abnormal heart rate. I now 45kg. I cant stop my self doing these things. It's painful and fatigue. I just hated myself. I can't talk to anyone about it because they were expecting a lot from me. I think I needed help. But I want to get thin. Am having emotional problewms right now... I feel hopeless.
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