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Patricia Pitts, PhD  
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Interests: anorexia, bulimia, Eating disorders

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Jun 18, 2014 in the Eating Disorders Expert Forum - 2
Hi, I hear your concern about your menstrual cycle and this is an important concern because it is ONE way that your body is being affected by your restricting behavior. It is very important you have a physical done to rule out any other medical conditions. I can’t speak to your case specifically as you would need to have a medical work up done to determine w...
Jun 18, 2014 in the Eating Disorders Expert Forum - 3
Hello, Good for you that you are thinking about entering treatment. What a brave step! You’re on the right path. Getting help could assess and address any depressed mood, out of control experience and scared feelings. I’m not sure what you mean by “I wasn’t sick enough or skinny enough”… Were you denied health care? Or is this your own perception? Based ...
May 14, 2014 in the Eating Disorders Expert Forum - 1
Hello, I would love to help, however, there is very limited information provided. With physical discomfort, my first recommendation is always to speak with a physician to rule out any medical reasons you might be experiencing this. If there are no medical reasons, you may benefit from speaking with a dietitian. A dietitian will interview you to find out abou...
May 14, 2014 in the Eating Disorders Expert Forum - 1
Hello, I can certainly hear your distress and confusion. Firstly, it will be important to determine whether the hunger is physical or emotional. I wonder how you determined that 1500-1700 calories was sufficient. Was this the meal plan that you followed when you first started your recovery? If it is, it is possible that your body is metabolizing food differe...
May 14, 2014 in the Eating Disorders Expert Forum - 1
Hello, You are a wonderful friend for wanting to help. It is indeed a very scary and painful mental health disorder. When a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder, it affects not only them but those who love them as well. The good news is that your friend is already in therapy. She is getting professional help. If the therapist finds that the therapy...
May 14, 2014 in the Eating Disorders Expert Forum - 1
Hello, Wow! I really hear the love you have for your son and the fears around leaving him early and alone. It’s wonderful that you can use him as motivation to live a healthier life. Considering all the health concerns you have, I would first recommend seeing a physician so he may do a regular physical exam to determine the state of your overall health. If y...
May 14, 2014 in the Eating Disorders Expert Forum - 1
Hello. To answer your medication questions, I would refer you back to your medical doctor who are prescribing your medications. As a psychologist and an eating disorder expert, I would like to say that it is not uncommon for individuals with binge eating disorder to go to cigarettes as a way to avoid eating and speed up their metabolism. However, just like...
May 14, 2014 in the Eating Disorders Expert Forum - 1
Hello, I am not quite sure what you mean by “force feeding”. In serious cases of anorexia when a patient can’t physically consume the food and their life is in danger, they can benefit from inpatient facilities that offer tube feeding. This is an intervention to deal with the crisis at hand and not a permanent solution. After the life threatening stabilizati...
Apr 15, 2014 in the Eating Disorders Expert Forum - 1
Hello, How wonderful that you are noticing what is happening and want to get help. Since your mom already has noticed your eating habits, could you go to her for help and support? Share what you have been struggling with? She might be able to help you get in touch with a doctor or a therapist who can help you. Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy answer...
Apr 15, 2014 in the Eating Disorders Expert Forum - 1
Hello, I can’t speak about your case in particular, however, in general, it is possible and probable that one’s body and metabolism have been affected by their eating disorder. In my 30 years of treating eating disorders, those individuals who are fully recovered can better access and integrate their emotions with their mind and body when their weight is wi...