Bulimia/Eating Disorders/what is my problem?

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QUESTION: ""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?""

ANSWER: Hi Jake,

I still believe this is some sort of social anxiety or social phobia. You need to see your general medical doctor for a referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist. Please let me know what they say.

Good luck!

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QUESTION: alright i am going soon. i am just afraid that i will never be able to eat out again and this will never go away.

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Hi Jake,

Don't get too discouraged. It will go away, you just need some help conquering your phobia... That's where a trained professional comes in. Just be sure you are completely honest with your doctor about what is going on so he or she can refer you to the right place for help.

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Mary Pritchard, PhD

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I can answer questions about the psychology of eating, disordered eating attitudes and behaviors such as drive for thinness, drive for muscularity, binge eating, body dysmorphia, dieting, excessive/obsessive exercise, and body dissatisfaction. I can also answer questions about anorexia and bulimia.

Experience

I have a PhD in Psychology and teach courses in the Psychology of Health and the Psychology of Eating. I have been conducting research on disordered eating and exercise behaviors for 15 years.

Organizations
Midwestern psychological association, rocky mountain psychological association

Publications
Over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorders, and Eating and Weight Disorders

Education/Credentials
PhD in Psychology from the University of Denver

Awards and Honors
30 teaching awards, have received funding to conduct my research from academic institutions and state and local government

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