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Person With A Chalk Eating Addiction
No single factor : Eating disorder " binge purge type or anorexia should be differentiated from " poor eating habits " if you are concerned about an eating disorder kindly please seek a clinical evalualtion preferably by a " psychiatrist " . If a negative can be established and depression ruled out than behavioural considerations should be considered. ...Read more
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
Behaviorally: I usually think of it as mostly learned. Many in our society treat eating as a naughty pleasure and associate it with rewards & punishments. The desire to get something (eating a lot) for nothing (purging to be rid of calories) can be seen as emblematic of today's culture. Very young, many of us get unfortunate lessons that make eating very different from simply obtaining nourishment. It's sad. ...Read more
Maybe none: Compulsive lying can be a form of obsessive compulsive disorder and not caused by a childhood experience. It can be very difficult to treat and may require a combination of medication and therapy. Compulsive lying of this type usually involves lies that are told for no obvious reason or benefit and that are very easy to prove are not true. ...Read more
Therapist: Your best resource will be a counselor or therapist or psychiatrist. They are critical in helping people overcome their eating disorders. Eating disorders typically have several different issues at their core, and often involve self-esteem or feelings of being out of control in their lives. They can be overcome! it is hard, requires a lot of courage and hard work- don't lose hope. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is a healthy diet for people who have binge eating disorder and has a back ground in anorexia?
Confusing: Make the qustion more elaborate and clear. ...Read more
Doubt: I doubt that people "just want to get fat". That sounds strange. What would the motivation be and the beliefs behind the motivation. Yes, someone could eat that way on purpose - but that would be stranger than a binge eating disorder. I find most people with a binge eating disorder have manyproblems that we work with in psychotherapy. ...Read more
Question: If a person has sarcoid and if they have gastrointestinal involvement (clinically evident GI involvement occurs in less than 1% of sarcoidosis), then liver involvement is probable. Have your GGT and alkaline phosphotase checked. If normal, less danger w/ moderate alcohol. The main thing is to determine extent of sarcoid involvement so it doesn't dominate your social, sex, work life. ...Read more
Binge drinker: "according to the national institute on alcohol abuse & alcoholism binge drinking is defined as a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol concentration (bac) level to 0.08% or more. This pattern of drinking usually corresponds to 5 or more drinks on a single occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on a single occasion for women, generally within about 2 hours." http://www.Cdc.Gov. ...Read more
Keep a perspective: If you are that person's friend or family member, then you should probably make sure not to take it too personally -- their self-involvement is really more a story about them than about you. If you are that person's therapist, then you should probably work to uncover the early-on psychological traumas that have created the problem to begin with. ...Read more
Is a person with narcissistic personality disorder incapable of directing a conversation from anyone but him or herself?
It's all about him: Narcissistic people treat others as if they're disposable objects. Once your utility is gone, there is no more interest in you. Your separate needs are unrecognized. Relationships with a narcissistic person may vary between sharing the mutual glow of "specialness" while you're useful, and complete disregard when you're not. Things might feel intimate and good for awhile, but then the ice comes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On purpose?: That suggests the choice is conscious, logical and in some way reasonable. One could rationalize that a binge eating disorder was on purpose, but i would expect to find many unconscious reasons. The eating attracts your attention, but probably there are many unconscious problems associated with it. Consider getting help with it. ...Read more
Can you explain, anorexia nervosa is a phsychological eating disorder in which a person reposes to eat?
Biological illness: Anorexia is a Psychiatric disorder, with both biological components and psychological components. Patients with anorexia decrease the amount of food they eat to an extreme, and undergo extreme weight loss, along with many moderate to severe accompanying symptoms. It may, in some cases, be a life threatening illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What if eating is an addiction and starving is just a withdrawal symptom? Is that how some people with eating disorder thinks?
Even more, I think: This sounds like a piece of disordered thinking. A person with an ed might also have other problems. Some intelligent people with thinking disorders can get tangled up in logic that includes a few true elements and leads to very wrong places. Some eating can be addictive, but not in general. Starving leads to death it is not a symptom. If this is you - see a psychiatrist for an evaluation. Best! ...Read more
How can a person handle living with an autistic person once they are an adult with dramatic childish behavior?
Discipline him at : His developmental level, not as an adult.Tell him what you want him to do, not what you don't want. He should qualify for ssi & medicaid, especially if he also has intellectual disability. If you have legal guardianship, call your state's mental health/developmental services division for behavioral & social services. Call your state's disability agency (voc rehab) for employment opportunities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What mental disorder can a person with a traumatic childhood have? One who was physically, emotionally and sexually abuse by his parent?
The aftermath: of emotional, physical and sexual abuse during childhood can lead to any number of psychological disorders. Our psyche does what it can to survive. Regardless of how well someone may have come through the trauma it leaves scars that warrant speaking with a clinical psychologist to reduce the fallout and strengthen the resilience. Groups for survivors are also helpful. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a recent addiction to eating chalk. Why is this and what is the reason and how to treat it?
Prevent it??: If you have it already, you can't prevent it. If you are asking how to stop the "pica" (the medical word for eating things that aren't food), first see your primary care provider. It can be associated with iron deficiency, and a physical check up is in order. Second, get a referral to a mental health provider who can help you find the cause and treatment of this problem. ...Read more
See your doctor: Baking soda has no nutritional value but one serving which is one teaspoon can contain 1260 mg of sodium. So your body may be lacking in salt. You should see a doctor for tests to see if you do have low sodium in your blood. Some people do have disorders of eating substances like clay, chalk, ice, etc. You should also see a psychiatrist if it continues and you have no lab abnormalities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a strange addiction to eating coffee grounds throughout the day. I stopped for a while, but the urge has returned. Is this harmful?
How's the iron level: It is interesting that you say you have iron deficiency; the urge to eat odd things like ice or chalk or even dirt can be a sign of iron or other mineral deficiency. It's called 'pica' and given your history i would definitely get your iron level checked. It can also occur in pregnancy but i would assume that's not your situation. Sometimes ocd or obsessive compulsive disorders are the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an addiction to eating flour. Yes, baking flour, right out of the bag. I crave it all the time. It's hard for me to stop. What should I do?
I'm over weight and have an eating problem.I need help and ddon't know where to go. Dr says loose but i can't cause the food addiction.Who can help me?
Ask to speak with: A therapist who specializes in eating disorders. It issue is only part of the problem. A therapist can help upu make healthy life changes (exercise and diet). Keeping track of everything you eat with an app on your phone can help ( it's a simple behavioral modificaton technique). The book, making peace with food, can also help, good luck and let us know how you do. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Take Metformin: Metformin is an Insulin receptor sensitizer. It is a virtual "metabolic rejuvenator, " with multiple beneficial effects. When taken in doses ranging from 1, 000-2, 000 mg per day, carb cravings are quickly overcome. Although it requires a prescription in the U.S., it can be legally purchased and imported from mail-order international pharmacies without a prescription. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a problem with eating starchy things first i had an addiction with baby powder then rice now corn starch what could be wrong?
Pica (adult): This is more often seen in children, but it's not too different. Have a very thorough set of lab work to determine deficiencies to address. Also, specialist psychologists can help break the attractions with behavior mod, hypnosis, etc. But there may be a nutrient you crave. It can take time, but it can be good to take corrective action. Best! ...Read more
I have a eating addiction. How can I get rid of it? I eat for comfort and sometimes can't stop. I tried everything and nothing works. Please help.
Food Addiction: Have you received treatment from a mental health professional who specializes in eating disorders? Have you been part of a 12 step group such as Overeaters Anonymous? Have you had a physical exam from your doc to measure hormone levels? Hope these options help. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I have an addiction to sugar. I have no control. Sneaking hiding. Eating sugar by spoonfulls. Candy bars 3 at a time. Fast so not caught. Help. :-(?
Metformin: Your problem is physiological, not psychological. Carbohydrate cravings accompany Insulin resistance. When your 60 trillion cells are screaming for brownies, it's impossible to resist. Solution is to restore Insulin receptor sensitivity. Metformin will do this, in a dose of 1, 000-2, 000 mg per day. My patients on metformin invariably feel better, have more energy, and lose their carb cravings. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anything in excess: Boredom can be cured easily with meaningful activities. Anyone who repeatedly engages in addictive things (alcohol use, substance use, eating, etc) can develop an addiction. Using a substance to cure the boredom is a very poor choice. Try filling up boredom with work, studies, volunteer activities, exercise, reading, social interaction and other healthy positive coping strategies. ...Read more
Yes: Addictions to sex to one person is possible. There is a difference between craving and desiring something/someone and being addicted. Does your mood change when you are not with the person? Do you find yourself wanting, thinking or having sex in place of other activities in your life? When the behavior interferes in your life and replaces other helpful behaviors, you may be addicted. ...Read more
Is it possible to stop a 20 year addiction to cocaine? The person does not eveen consider quitting because he doesn't think it is possible.
Yes it's possible: With authentic desire, appropriate professional and personal support, and a treatment plan, it's possible to stop an addiction at any time. Being addicted to Cocaine for such a long time means that treatment could be complicated, but not impossible. However, if the person himself is not interested in quitting, it won't happen. His body may end things with a stroke or heart attack instead. ...Read more
See below in details: One of symptoms for bipolar affective disorder is elevated goal-directed activities, like increasing activities in shopping, eating, house cleaning, etc.. It is not addictive behaviors. Those behaviors will subside once bipolar affective disorder is treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: People can develop an addiction at any age. While the overall risk decreases with age it can happen. Example, some people may develop alcohol problems once they retire or a major life stressor, or a "pill" addiction after an injury. These problems may be self limiting or may require help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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