+1, Very excellent advice here! Follow it! Don't wait to figure out how you're going to do it because you likely won't and it will progress and get worse! There is no easy way to do it, but it needs to be done nonetheless. Ask for help now. Stop trying to avoid the issue. There is nothing shameful about needing and asking for the help. That's what professionals are there to do. They have their positions specifically for this reason. If you don't feel like you can talk to your parents, talk to a teacher, guidance counselor, other family member, nurse, doctor, etc, etc. You have the resources to get the help, but you are not taking them. Your health is more important than grades. You may think that it's not, but it really is. You may think that getting the help that you need will make you more stressed out, but the opposite is true. Telling someone, in person, what you are dealing with will help relieve some of the stress you are feeling. I know, I've been there.
Originally Posted by jammies
I used to have Trichotillomania (didn't consume though). Read a bit about it here so that the rest of the post makes sense. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichotillomania Although it's not something that I could die of, some aspects can be related.
It started in grade 12. I was able to hide it, but then, the disorder started to consumed me. I was worried about people finding out about it. People knew something was wrong because I was so preoccupied thinking about something, but no one knew what exactly. I was preoccupied in trying to keep the baldness hidden. That's all I thought about. (The patch was in the middle of my head where my ponytail would be). I was always worried about someone finding out about it. I didn't want to talk to anyone about it because I was so ashamed of myself. It was DEFINITELY stress related and happened during my high school years, as my parents also had very high expectations of me. I tried to stop on my own, but that didn't work. I needed professional help and I spoke with a psychiatrist about it. Having met with a psychiatrist, I now know how to basically prevent it from starting again. This is the help that you need. Aside from my psychiatrist, and now this forum, I have told no one else. My parents never found out and I never even told my best friends. In hindsight, I regret not getting the help that I needed sooner and regret not having talked with my parents when I needed the help.
Anorexia Nervosa (AN) has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness – it is estimated that 10% of individuals with AN will die within 10 years of the onset of the disorder.
Sullivan, P. (2002). Course and outcome of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. In Fairburn, C. G. & Brownell, K. D. (Eds.). Eating Disorders and Obesity (pp. 226-232). New York, New York: Guilford.
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