Anorexia/Eating Disorders/what is my problem?

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""Ok for a good year now I have not ate at a fast food place or at a dinner. I can't eat at school either. When I read aloud in my class or even go up to ask my teacher a question I feel like I am going to throw up. I can't even concentrate in school anymore because all I worry about is throwing up and it is really effecting me in a bad way. I need to be able to go out and eat with my family and friends because I always have to make an excuse that I can't go eat with them. I asked a few other experts and they all mentioned this catogory. I need as much help and what I can do to fix this fast. I can eat a whole meal at my own house but if I'm at a dinner I might be able to eat a bits at the most. That's how bad it got to. Please I need help ASAP. should I see a doctor? Have you ever experienced anything like this?""

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This sounds like it may be social anxiety disorder or a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. These are actually pretty common disorders and there are specific treatments. Most people find relief with counseling and/or medication. Of course your doctor is a good place to start. He or she can refer you to a counselor or prescribe meds. Also, it's good to rule out a medical cause for your situation.  

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Ryan Hale

Expertise

I can answer questions specifically geared towards athletes and their eating issues. I would be able to assist parents or coaches with questions or concerns about disordered eating practices often found in the exercise and sports settings. I also have experience in training and conditioning so I am in a position to discus how the two interrelate.

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I have a bachelor's degree in sports medicine and master's degrees in sport psychology and clinical counseling. I have done counseling with individuals, couples, and families, with specialization in athletes. Past clients have included triathletes, dancers, college cyclists, and Pro Tour cyclists.

Organizations
National Athletic Trainer's Assoc. American Counseling Assoc

Education/Credentials
bachelor's degree sports medicine master's degree sport psychology master's degree clinical counseling Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer with NATABOC Nationally Certified Counselor with NBCC Colorado Registered Psychotherapist

Past/Present Clients
U.S. national team level female athletes High school athletes Semi-pro soccer Pro Tour cyclists Triathletes Dancers

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