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Eating Disorders, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts

Q: I'm 21 years old and have had multiple eating disorders throughout my life. I've been "healthy" for periods of time but always seem to slide back to my old habits.  I know this is a life-long illness, but I feel that there has to be at least a little hope.  Recently (for as long as 2 weeks or more), I've been feeling unusually sad, my eating is not the greatest, and I've had many thoughts of suicide.  I know that depression/eating disorders go hand in hand so I'm used to feeling this way, but at this age, is it normal to be feeling so bad that there are thoughts of suicide?

Dr. Donnica:
Thoughts of suicide are NEVER "normal", although they are much more common than you might think.  Please consult a psychiatrist TODAY. If you can't locate one who can see you immediately, please call your local hospital's emergency room and request a referral.  

I am encouraged by the fact that you have written seeking help; while you are in a major depression, you do have some sense of hope.  Yes, your eating disorders and your depression are most likely linked and these are both lifelong illnesses.  While they can't be cured per se, they can be successfully managed with both psychotherapy and one of several excellent medications available.

For more information on eating disorders, click here.

Click here for more information about depression or other mental health issues.

Created: 9/15/2002  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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