Published on June 20th, 2014 | by jtucker
IT’S A TWO WAY STREET
If I were asked to write a blog about eating disorders two years ago as I was eighteen, I wouldn’t think twice about it. I would Google some information, ask a couple of my psychology teachers some questions for quotes and references and would have written a dry, boring, informational, one page blah, blah, blah. It would have sounded like those medical information websites that pop up when you Google symptoms like having a headache and being tired and they tell you that you have cancer. But…just about a year ago and my life was going well I simultaneously met two very different people. I will not use their names for the purposes of privacy so I will refer to them as Jamie and Rebecca. Jamie was a high maintenance, sweet, fun and outgoing girl who loved to get dressed and party. Rebecca was a very depressed girl who rarely left the house and when she did she always had a scowl on her face and had trouble making friends. Nevertheless, they both had a common condition that held back most of their unique potentials. They both had eating disorders.
Rebecca was diagnosed with Morbid Obesity. Jamie was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. I got a chance to know them and about their disorders. Rebecca became an acquaintance of mine, but Jamie became a really close friend. What inspired me to write this blog is the fact that when I met both of them, they had just started the process of recovery. They started to get healthy, they started connecting with people and talking more to their friends. But after a while they both made a terrible mistake. They slowly stop talking to their close friends and not fully following the advice of their counselors. Just recently I seem them both in passing. Rebecca was in a drunken rage when I last saw her and had gained the weight that she was trying to lose. Jamie’s Anorexia had gotten so bad that she was near death. I saw her twice. The first time she had a breathing machine in her nose and the next time she had a KGB sticker on her chest that is used with a machine to monitor her heart.
Treatment, support, and persistence are necessary for victims of Eating Disorders. According to Institute of Mental health, “Eating disorders are real, treatable medical illnesses. They frequently coexist with other illnesses such as depression, substance abuse, or anxiety disorders”. If you suspect that you or somebody you know is suffering from an eating disorder, I encourage you to not only seek treatment, but you to surround yourself with positive, encourage, and trustworthy people that can support you on this journey to recovery. Stay connected and persistent. Here are support programs listed to the right that you can use to help you on your way to recovery. Good Luck.
Saint Josephs Behavioral Health Center
2510 North California Street
Service First Outpatient Program
1112 North El Dorado Street
Kristen Watt Foundation (209) 462-3889 7746 Lorraine Avenue, Stockton, CA
1-314-588-1683. Bulimia and Self-Help Hotline (24 hours crisis line)