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Eating disorders

Hi i am a 43 yr old female and i am looking for some advice on eating disorders.  For the past two years i have been watching what i eat and walking almost every day i thought i was doing the right thing, now i am not sure. I have been reading up on anorexia and i think i may have some of the symptoms.  I was always very thin but over a period of about 8 years i gained quite a bit of weight.  I went from 135 to 185 well it bothered me so much i started exercising i was very unhappy with myself until that point.  I can't tell you my weight now because i refuse to get on a scale.  I only know i went from a size 18 to a size 6/7 and i am 5'4".  I don't take in very much food and i stay away from fatty foods and have not taken in any sugar in almost 2 yrs.  I do drink a lot of water.  I have been for the past year losing my hair which i thought was from a bad perm but after reading up on eating disorders i am really concerned.  My question is if this is an eating disorder can it be reversed and how can i train myself to eat better?  Also, will taking vitamins help me to stop the hair loss ?  As a side note i don't experience many of the symptoms of eating disorders for instance i don't vomit, i am not trying to lose anymore weight i am trying to maintain what i have i am happy with myself so thats why i am not sure if i really do have a disorder or just poor eating habits.  I would appreciate any help you can give me.  Thank you and have a nice day.
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Dear Joan
You don't seem to have a eating disorder.People with eating disorders especially anorexics are unhappy about themselves and try to lose weight in every way that they can think of putting themselves in dangerous situations.Watching diet, regular exercising are habits that many people want to do but only some of them are successful in doing them. It  would be helpful  to weigh yourself for an idea on how much weight you may have lost. Eating  nutritious diet, taking multivitamins and regular exercising are important inorder to stay healthy. If you are concerned about about having an eating disorder, you may consider consulting a Mental Health Professional for an expert opinion.

Sincerely
HFHS-M.D
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Thank you so much....but i am still worried about the hair loss...as i have told you [previously] I do not binge,,,i just watch what i eat.  I really do worry about the weight though, but i only think it is because i have worked so hard on losing it.  I am very happy about where i am and what i have done...i don't have the resources to obtain medical advice only because of my situation.  I am new to the area and have yet to gain employment.  I will certanly check into the vitamins and all and you have just given me so much feedback in my favor.  I must thank you and just for the record...i am also in the medical field...only on the other end...but i have been out of it for 2 yrs now and hope to get back in it...i am a qc analyst for a very well know insurance company...but hey we all need help at times..i really do hope to get back into the insurance field someday.  Thank you for all your help...
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Q.  my friend diagnosed depression /& at first put on meds. for hallucinations and delussions, off meds for a month for dellusions and isolated everyone, landed in the hospital with respitory probs, came home will not eat & if she does throws it up, and throws up her meds. too. Stays in bed, can barely walk. She has many probs. how can i get her to get help. She said she is fine and nothing is wrong!
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Q.  my friend diagnosed depression /& at first put on meds. for hallucinations and delussions, off meds for a month for dellusions and isolated everyone, landed in the hospital with respitory probs, came home will not eat & if she does throws it up, and throws up her meds. too. Stays in bed, can barely walk. She has many probs. how can i get her to get help. She said she is fine and nothing is wrong!
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