I’ve been collecting pills for about a year now but it was just a backup plan, I didn’t think I would use them. Now I think I might. I’m so trapped, I thought I’d try to recover from my eating disorder but all I’ve done is gain weight and nothings changed so I’m 40 pounds heavier and in a worse place than I started. The doctors do nothing to help, now that I gained weight they just don’t see my ED anymore and neither do my parents. I have to eat so much food every day and I just can’t imagine doing this for the rest of my life.
It must be very scary to feel so trapped. Reaching out to TeenCentral shows you are stronger than you may think and feel.
Feel free to reach out to to National Eating Disorders helpline at 1-800-931-2237. They are available Monday – Thursday 9AM-9PM and Fridays 9AM-5PM to chat live or Monday – Thursday 3PM-6PM and Friday’s 1PM-5PM to text if you feel more comfortable. They are also available at their website at https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org which also provides many helpful resources.
If you are ever feeling unsafe or scared and feel as if you have no one you to turn to for help, you can always reach out to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The people at Suicide Prevention Lifeline are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and you can contact them by calling 1-800-273-8255, on their website, at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org, or if you feel more comfortable texting someone about what is going on, you can do so by texting “Hello” to 741-741 and someone will answer you immediately.
Have you talked to any family or close friends about how you are currently feeling? How about a school guidance counselor? If not, consider doing so. They may be able to help more than you realize. If you don’t know how to have or start that conversation, or are too nervous to do so, you can always talk to your doctor about this and they can help by informing you of all your options.
Do you currently have any coping skills that you find to be helpful? Consider these options; Reading/writing, art, athletics/exercise, after school clubs, or even community service/volunteer work. Many people find volunteer work fulfilling and a great way to fill idle time. If you need any examples or something to get you started there are a ton in our TOOLS section of our website.
TeenCentral is full of many resources that can be very helpful and informative for you. When you have the chance, take some time to explore all the tabs on the TeenCentral website such as our Learn tab. Here you will find a lot of information about Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Nutrition.
Under the What’s New tab you can find many blogs that may help and reassure you that you are not alone and that there is help out there for you.
Understanding what is going on within your mind, and your body can really assist you in seeing a lot of things. While it may seem easier to give up it is not the answer. You are reaching out to us which tells us that you are strong person that wants to do what is right for themselves by asking for help. Look at that and embrace it . YOU ARE HEARD, AND YOU ARE IMPORTANT.