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The Bridge between Drug Rehab and Eating Disorder

Have you ever felt fat even if you have a normal weight just because your weight soars above your friends’ weight? Then you suddenly decided that you will involve yourself in a diet. The start of involving yourself in a diet was also the launch of you taking drastic measures to lose more weight.

Everything started by cutting an intake of calorie in your usual diet. Then you also began a forceful program of exercise of let’s say, running. You began setting limitations on yourself like not eating unless you have finished running of about 10 miles. After achieving the miles you set, you began eating but only about a handful of cereals and a few vegetables. Sometimes, you only eat when you are really hungry that you are about to faint.

Eating Disorder Inventory has been developed by Psychologist David Garner and his colleagues. Eating Disorder Inventory aids in assessing the attitudes and behaviors of people towards eating and their bodies. There are 12 items in the Eating Disorder Inventory. These twelve sentences are:

I think my stomach is too big.

I eat when I am upset.

I stuff myself with food.

I think about dieting.

I think that my thighs are too large.

I feel ineffective as a person.

I feel extremely guilty after overeating.

I am terrified of gaining weight.

I get confused as to whether or not I am hungry.

If I gain a pound, I worry that I will keep gaining.

I have the thought of trying to vomit in order to lose weight.

I eat or drink in secrecy.

If you happen to take this assessment and answered “usually” or “always” to many of the items, you might want to reconsider your attitudes toward food and your body and you might like to talk to someone about them. Answering too many “always” to the sentences provided is likely for an individual to grow an eating disorder.

The use of medications is one of the most potent ways to treat an individual who has eating disorders. Tricyclic antidepressants are better in decreasing binging and vomiting in enhancing a sense of organization among people. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAO inhibitors is also useful as an eating disorder treatment although they are not regularly prescribed due to the reason that they need dietary restrictions that are so severe to block side effects. Fluoxetine also known as Prozac is a medication that attests to be very effective. However, there is a negative side effect in taking these medications. They prove to be addictive.

According to one woman interviewed after she went into a drug rehab due to taking medications to recover from her eating disorder, “I first started having problems with my body caused by my eating disorder. My menstruation stopped. I get chronically tired and I have problems sleeping. I even faint a couple of times. I told my parents about it and made me see a specialist. The specialist prescribed me some Prozac.”

She went on to tell, “The recommended Prozac was very effective on the eating disorder that I had but I started craving the drug. I wanted the effects to last. I started getting addicted to it. Despite recovering from my eating disorder, I am still taking the drug. There are even times I lie that I have not yet recovered just to have Prozac. Right now, I have been out of drug rehab and I am thankful for it. We should always be careful because one thing can really lead to another.”

The bridge between eating disorder and drug rehab is quite thin. Once you get into an eating disorder, drug rehab would likely to follow.

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