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What is OSFED, EDNOS, BED, ED-DMT1 and other types of eating disorders?

 
Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) - Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)

Eating disorders are complex; different people with the same disorder may have different symptoms. When a person has symptoms of disordered eating, but doesn’t fit the criteria for a diagnosis of anorexia or bulimia nervosa, they may be diagnosed with an Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED) (which used to be known as Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS)). For example, people may:
 
• Have thoughts about restricting eating and use food as a punishment. 
• Feel they need to make up, or ‘compensate’, for eating through excessive exercise or vomiting. 
• Have no pleasure in food, viewing it simply as a necessity whilst keeping their weight at a “healthy” level.
 
OSFED/EDNOS is no less serious an eating disorder than anorexia and bulimia nervosa. 
 

Ewan was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa at 17 but thinks he had EDNOS a few years before.

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Age at interview: 18
Sex: Male
Age at diagnosis: 15
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I was putting a lot of stress into each day having to achieve this confidence and a lot of stress to be better than my peers and stuff.
 
So it [school] was quite competitive?
 
Mm. Yeah.
 
And so you felt like you made a conscious effort, you know every day to you know make it happen?
 
Mm. And it’s in foresight that I see it that, at the time I thought it was just, just life. But then I, afterwards when I realised other people weren’t doing that, that it was actually a problem.
 
Yeah. How did you realise that, “Oh actually, not everybody’s doing this?”
 
Well it was after my treatment and everything with a psychiatrist, yeah.
 
Yeah.
 
‘Cos even though I’ve only had anorexia for about 2 years I’ve probably had that EDNOS you know, strange behaviour with eating probably since I was 14.
 
And how did that sort of first start manifesting, the strange behaviours?
 
It was probably when, in year 10 when I got quite depressed and trying to keep up with every day and I got fed up of it, so I sort of swung from being really high to really low. From eating loads to eating nothing. And that’s when it started to kick off really and I didn’t know what was a middle ground.
 
 

When Suzanne was diagnosed with EDNOS she wasn’t given much information about it. She did her own...

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Age at interview: 16
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What did the GP say to you about EDNOS?
 
She didn’t really say anything to me about it.
 
Just that this is the diagnosis?
 
Well she just said that I had an eating disorder and she said it wasn’t Anorexia and she said it wasn’t Bulimia, she just, she was like, “Yes it’s just an Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. So I was like, “Okay then.” She didn’t tell me the details about it, any information which is surprising because when most people think about eating disorders they think about Anorexia or Bulimia and all these minor eating disorders, eating disorders people don’t really know about them. If you ask someone about it the chances are they probably wouldn’t know because it’s not one of the stereotypes. So I’m actually rather surprised that she didn’t give me any information for it.
 
You had researched this beforehand and you had information already. Did you go afterwards and look up more?
 
Yeah I did because I was just, I just wanted to refresh the information in my mind and see if there was any new information. But I couldn’t really find any new information. I found that it was rather difficult to find the information I was looking for because it would always be about Anorexia or Bulimia or something else.
 
 

Suzanne thinks there’s lack of awareness of different types of eating disorders. People only...

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If you said eating disorder to someone, in my experience people think about people starving from anorexia or a bulimic, bit like sticking their fingers down their throat and vomiting. They don’t really think about the in-between. To look at me it’s not obvious that I have an eating disorder. And even if you knew me it’s not obvious, because and I don’t starve myself and I don’t binge. I don’t vomit deliberately. I don’t exercise excessively. I don’t engage in any of the stereotypical behaviours associated with eating disorders, the behaviours that people think that if you have an eating disorder you engage in. And it’s because I think people don’t know that much about eating disorders. If you, if you don’t do this, if you’re not a certain weight or if you don’t make yourself vomit or you don’t starve yourself then, “Oh no, you can’t possibly have an eating disorder.” 

BED - Binge Eating Disorder

A binge eating disorder (BED) is where people experience a loss of control and overeat (binge) on a regular basis. Those that binge more than once a week for three months or more, could have binge eating disorder. People who binge eat get through very large quantities of food over a short period of time, even when they are not hungry. Binges can be planned like a ritual and can involve the person buying "special" binge foods but can also happen in a ‘dazed’ state where people are not able to recall what they ate. People often binge in private because they feel embarrassed, guilty or disgusted with their behaviour after they have finished eating. Episodes of binge eating sometimes alternate with periods where the person cuts down on the amount of food they eat. Unlike those with bulimia, people who binge eat do not purge (make themselves sick) after eating. 

‘While the condition is slightly more common in women than men, the numbers of men and women affected are more equal than in other eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa. The condition tends to first develop in young adults, although many people do not seek help until they are in their 30s or 40s. It’s estimated that there is around a 1 in 30 to 1 in 50 chance of a person developing binge eating disorder at some point during their life’ (NHS choices 2015). For more on binge eating see our website on 'Young people's experiences of health and weight - obsessing about food'. 
 
ED-DMT1/Diabulimia

ED-DMT1, also sometimes known as diabulimia is an eating disorder that affects people with Type 1 Diabetes (DMT1). It happens when people with Type 1 Diabetes give themselves less insulin than they need, in order to lose weight. ED-DMT1 is not currently recognised as a formal diagnosis but is nevertheless a growing and serious problem. It is difficult to know how many young people this affects but Diabetes UK (October 2018) estimates that around 4 out of 10 women, aged 15 to 30, take less insulin to lose weight. And for young men, it’s around 1 out of 10.
 
Lack of awareness and poor recognition of ED-DMT1 among people with diabetes and health professionals can potentially delay treatment and also make people feel alone and isolated.
 
As part of our project about young people and Type 1 Diabetes we interviewed people who had developed an eating disorder. Here they talk about their experiences and how they got help:
 

Describes how restrictive her insulin routine was and how it became a problem when she reached...

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Age at interview: 27
Sex: Female
Age at diagnosis: 17
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The insulin regime I had when I was younger was more or less two injections a day at certain times. As an example I'd have to have my breakfast at 8 in the morning and I'd have to have my lunch at 1 in the afternoon, have my tea at 5 o'clock, have my snack at half 10, have a snack at half 3, have a snack at half 9 before I went to bed. And that's pretty much what my life consisted of. Obviously no sugary foods. Low-fat, low-calorie, long-term carbohydrates, very healthy things. Which was very, very restricting, especially as a child. Luckily my mum had brought us up with a healthy diet anyway. So it wasn't too much of an adjustment. And I was allowed the odd chocolate bar and things if I did a hundred skips. You know, if I did a hundred skips and bring, brought my sugar level down, I was allowed a chocolate bar. So there was ways around it. But there was one particular time when I, the class went swimming, and obviously for exercise you had to boost your sugar levels up. And my teacher couldn't open my sugar box. It was stuck. So I wasn't allowed to go swimming. And I absolutely loved swimming. So I had to sit out on the side of the pool and watch all my friends playing in the pool. Which, it really did devastate me. And obviously I remember that incident because it hit me so much. So that's an example of what I had to do. And another thing that I had to do, which was adjusting my diet. You know, you couldn't just jump in the swimming pool and go swimming. You had to have sugar before you went.
 
It's probably, definitely the age of, of say 12 or 13, when I was in middle school, getting slightly older, becoming more aware of my figure. And then moving on to high school. And I hadn't really thought about it very much until that point. But obviously when you go to high school and you're going through adolescence, your body's starting to change and develop. You become very aware of it. Especially when there's girls looking at gorgeous pictures of women and saying, 'I want to be like them'. And, and boys are doing the same thing and they're checking you out and criticising people. And like kids do to each other, like teenagers do to each other. But obviously for me there was nothing I could do when girls around me were not eating a lot because they wanted to be thin or slim. I had to eat. And they'd sit and pick at things and I'd have to eat the full meal. With hindsight, this, I think this is, this is probably what caused my develop, eating disorder to develop. Because my life had been so focused around food it was the only thing that I could control. I became depressed because my sugar levels were starting to slip.
 
Then I actually spoke to my diabetes nurse and I asked her, I said, 'Is there a different insulin regime that I can go on that, that can help me with my new lifestyle as a teenager? With, basically not, so I don't have to eat at set times. So I can go out and eat later on if I want. So if I don't want to eat as much lunch, I don't have to eat as much lunch. I can eat a little bit'. She put me on a new insulin regime that allowed me to be a lot freer with my food and the times of food. And for the first time in years I discovered that I didn't have to have snacks. I could actually reduce the amount of food that I ate. I could eat, as long as I knew the carbohydrates and things, I could more or less eat what I wanted. And I guess it, in an ironic way it was a new sense of freedom. But also it's quite a dangerous thing. Because I was becoming so self-aware, I was able to use that to control what went into my mouth. I decided to go on a diet and lose weight.
 
And it just spiralled. And I almost went anorexic. But with an eating disorder it can go one way or the other. You can, you can end up wasting away to nothing or you could end up bulimic. Because you end up not being able to do it anymore, and you end up bingeing because you're so hungry. Which is what I did.
 

She started food binging and missing insulin injections. Thought she could misuse insulin till...

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Age at interview: 20
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Age at diagnosis: 19
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Could you elaborate more on how it became, it manifested itself?
 
I mean when I was 12 it was like issues with my eating rather than like my diabetes. I started by like skipping out the snacks and things because I just felt that I was eating too much and I didn't want to be eating all of that. And then kind of I'd say like from the age of kind of 12 till 16 my eating disorder didn't really have any impact on my blood sugar control, because I was very careful to kind of adjust my insulin to what I was eating. And like, yes, every time I went to diabetes clinic my HbA1c was fine, and as far as they were concerned everything was going okay. But…
 
What about, did you, on those occasions when you talked to the dietician, what happened then?
 
When I talked to the dietician I lied, because at that point nobody knew about my eating disorder apart from me, and I wasn't ready for anyone to know. And I knew what I should be eating and like the kinds of things, like the routine I should have. So I just kind of, when she asked me about that I'd say, 'This is what I have, blah, blah, blah, blah'. And she was like, 'Oh, that's fabulous'. And I'd be sitting there like, 'I'm lying to you'. I guess kind of because I got away with it I didn't think it was such a major issue. But then when I was 16 I started binge eating and trying to make myself vomit. And so obviously the binges caused quite a lot of fluctuations in my blood sugars. And when that kind of started happening I started like increasing my insulin but not like recording it. I'd like just record kind of what I was supposed to be having. I guess I was quite deceitful about that, and because I didn't want my diabetes team to find out because I didn't want my parents to know.
 
I found that like obviously when I'm not taking my insulin my blood sugars increase, which causes like a lot of water loss, which I interpreted as weight loss. And kind of like the more I did that and the more like weight I appeared to lose, like even all the kind of, all the negative side-effects and the damage I knew I was doing, it, I kind of ignored that. And, because at that point the like feelings that I got from the eating disorder were very strong, and that kind of overruled everything else and all kind of sensibility and common sense that I had. And I guess I kind of told myself that I'd only do it until I got to like a certain weight. And then that would be okay and then I'd start taking my insulin again and…
 
So your weight became an issue when, since you were sort of 16?
 
I'm, I was, I've been very aware of my weight ever since I was quite young, but like when I was 12 as I said was like when I first kind of tried to do anything about it. But it was kind of, yes, 16 when as I say it like became kind of more of an issue and more dangerous, because like I'd have the bingeing and then on the other side I'd have the restricting. Then when I came to uni at 18 that's when it really got out of control, I guess because I was living by myself for the first time. I didn't have my parents like cooking food for me or like being aware of when I was eating and when I wasn't.
 
Obviously my blood sugars went very, very high. So, like sometimes where I didn't take my insulin for a couple of days, and so obviously that made me very, very ill. And I was constantly tired, had no energy, like, and depending on kind of how long I'd been skipping my insulin for, like I'd get, like my muscles would ache, and I'd feel sick constantly because like I was probably like going into DKA. And like sometimes it got to the point where I knew I had to take some insulin otherwise I might not wake up.
 
 

Describes how her binge-starve and not doing insulin injections started and how she felt...

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Age at interview: 27
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Age at diagnosis: 17
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Sometimes, you see as a diabetic, although I was controlling what I ate you can't always control your blood sugars. Obviously if I have a, if I have a hypo, a hypoglycaemic attack I have to eat sugar, otherwise I die, you know, simple as. When you have an eating disorder, you have a hypoglycaemic, attack and you have to eat something sweet and sugary, it's disastrous, because you don't want to eat it, because you think it's going to make you fat. And in actual fact this is what spiralled my first binge off. I had a hypo. I ate some fudge that was, because I had nothing else at hand. And then that was it. I just wanted to eat and eat and eat and eat and eat. And I couldn't stop. And like any bulimic knows, once you've done that you feel terribly guilty. But I actually have a really bad phobia of vomiting. That, it's something that I could never ever ever do. I just didn't know how to get rid of this binge. So I exercised and, and I starved myself for the week after. Hence the cycle, which started off with the starve-binge, starve-binge.
 
About a year or so after that, funnily enough, ironically enough it was a diabetes nurse who put the idea into my head. It had got to the point where I was so ill that everybody around me was worrying. You know, I'd lost a lot of weight, I was thin, I was not concentrating on anything, I looked very ill.
 
I wasn't realising the damage I was doing to my body. It's not something that was at the forefront of my mind. It was the fact that I was fat. I needed to be thin. Especially to be a singer and to be an actor, I had to be thin. And that's the only way I was going to make it. So as soon as she said that, this kind of light went on in my head and I thought, 'Why didn't I think of that? I'm a diabetic'. That's when the starve-binge and not injecting myself regime started.
 
And when you don't inject for the binge, if you don't inject for a few days after, you can actually, I mean I've lost sort of over half a stone in a few days doing what I used to do. I lost weight again. And it got to the point where I wasn't doing my injections about three or four days and my sugar was so high. I remember being, and by this time I was, I'd left school and I was in work. I left school at 16 with a view to working and then going to drama school when I was a bit more sorted out. Because you can't learn lines and you can't sing when your sugars are so high and you're so dehydrated all the time. And mentally you can't focus on anything.
 
I actually remember being in my workplace and being in the toilet. I remember sitting at my desk, thinking, 'I have to go to the toilet because I'm going to keel over and I'm going to go in a coma'. And I went into the toilet. And I actually sat in the toilet and I just, I was looking at the floor thinking, 'I can fall on the floor now and go into a coma. But if I do that I might not ever wake up again. I can't do it'. So, I don't know how, mentally I managed not to collapse. I got home and I did an injection. And it was a really hard thing to do. Because in the back of my mind was, 'If I do this injection I'm going to be so fat'. But also in the back of my mind it's, 'I have to do this injection. I'm going to die if I don't do this injection'. My sugars weren't even registering on the, in fact at that time I was using BM sticks with a, matching up with a colour chart. The sugar was just, it there wasn't a colour on the chart for what my sugar was. It was so high. It had gone off the scale. And I think that was the point when, when I said to myself, 'Right, I need, I need help. Because it's got to the point now where I will probably die. If I go in a coma and I don't inject myself with insulin, I'll probably die'. I was getting pains in my body, pains in my joints, I was getting pains in my kidneys. My eyes were hurting and the vision was blurred in my eyes quite a lot. So I was persuaded to sort of get help. I mean there were a few times when I was suicidal, you know, because of the state that I was in, and the, mentally with the high sugars I was just a complete mess.
 

Her consultant made her realise that if she continued misusing insulin she would be dead within a...

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Age at interview: 20
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Age at diagnosis: 19
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And then at Easter when I went home I'd clearly lost a lot of weight. And my mum like came and spoke to me and she was like, ‘you've been skipping your insulin haven't you?' And like I had to be honest with her then, when she was being so direct with me. So at that point she already knew about the eating disorder. But the rest of my family didn't.
 
Understandably my mum was very, very upset. She like knew all the risks and all the dangers. She knew what I was doing to myself. And I knew all the dangers as well, yet I was still doing it and she couldn't kind of understand that. So she told my dad and my brother, because up until then I'd told her not to tell anyone. But I knew they had to know because it was affecting me so much. And then she phoned my diabetes nurse and, and told him, because I'd like given her permission to do that, but I didn't want to speak to him myself. And then like, yes, I had like an appointment with my consultant and my nurse. And like the first one was really horrible, because like up until then whenever I've gone to clinic they always told me how well I was doing, and like, I've been like one of the compliant patients who, yes, who really took care of myself supposedly. And I kind of, I felt bad because I felt I'd let them down.
 
And by the end of the summer like we'd decided that I needed more support for when I came back to [city]. So we arranged for me to have counselling. So I started that when I came back to [city] in September of, when was that? September of last year. And at that point I was still like very much missing my insulin a lot of the time, and like the bulimic side of my eating disorder was getting a lot worse. And although I was kind of trying to get things back in control, I was really struggling to. And I saw my diabetes team at home again and like my doctor, my consultant was like very kind of frank with me and told me that if I continued the way I was going then he doubted that I'd be alive in a year because like my blood sugars were running high, so high constantly, often like off the scale on the meter, and at one point my HbA1c was like 17 point something. And so, yes, I was pretty ill. And he said that the only reason that I hadn't like landed up in hospital yet was because I knew exactly what I was doing like in regards to like taking a bit of insulin just before I like went over the point where I would kind of end up in hospital. And he was like saying how dangerous that was because I might misjudge that one day.
 
And that was like kind of really a wake-up call for me, because like although like myself I'd been scared that I like might die, no one had ever said to me before that, that I might die from what I was doing. And so I guess I kind of tried to pretend that the dangers weren't there.
 
So he was quite blunt?
 
Yes.
 
He was not sugar-coating anything?
 
No. It was like, yes, I mean like at this point even though I was still like seeing like the paediatric team, he was like, 'You're not a child any more. Like there's nothing…'. He was just like saying to me that there was nothing he could make me do, but like he could advise me what to do, but I needed to make my own decisions and my own choices, and it was my life I was screwing up, not his.
 
 

She explains that her therapy consisted of taking small steps at a time. Says that when she lost...

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Age at interview: 27
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Age at diagnosis: 17
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What did the psychologist teach you?
 
Every individual is different. So for every individual it would be a different thing they need to focus on when they have that negative thought. And you start with very small steps. Like one of my, one of the things I started to do was, instead of thinking, to think that I'm not going to binge, that's too big a step. Because if you've got the thought where binge, you're going to binge, there's no way you can't if you've got an eating disorder until you, you've come through on the other side and can fight it and when you are strong enough. So one of the small steps that I took was that I'd binge on healthy food. I tried to binge on foods that weren't as sugary, because I'm a diabetic. So that would make me feel, it would make my sugars less high. Which would make me feel a tiny bit, a tiny bit better than had I have binged on all of the things that I used to do. So that was like a small step that I did. When I was further down the road…
 
I remember one time, a specific time, and was quite a long way through my treatment actually. And I remember having binged. And I was starting to do my injections again and I was on a roll and I was starting to feel a lot healthier. And I remember bingeing. And I'd done, I'd done my night-time, I'd done my background insulin the day before. I'd done all my insulin up to that point of the binge. And I remember thinking, 'Oh, my God, this is, I'm going to put so much weight on, because I've got my background insulin'. Because obviously what I used to do was not even do my background insulins, so I'd have no insulin on board at all. But I had all my insulin in my body and I ended up having quite a bad binge and I really wanted to inject myself. I drew the syringe up and I wanted to inject myself. And I was sitting on the bedroom floor crying for a long time, thinking, 'Just do it. Stick it in you. Go on'. But there was a, another voice in my head saying, 'Oh, God, you're going to put, you're going to put so much weight on if you do this jab. You're going to be really fat tomorrow'. And then the other voice was saying, '[You're going to be unwell tomorrow. Please do your injection'. And it was this internal battle going on in my head.
 
So one friend who I'd talked to quite closely about it, because I couldn't keep it from every single person. I had to have one person that I spoke to. So I confided in a very, very close friend. Which took a lot of years. But she knew what was going on with me and I'd talked to her about like the psychologist and things. And she said to me that, 'If you ever need to phone me up, please phone me up, please phone me up and I'll talk to you. If you get the urge to binge, please phone me up'. And this was one of the things in actual fact that the psychologist and I had discussed, whether there was anybody that I could do that with. That if I did have these urges, could I phone somebody up and speak to them and try and change my way of thinking about the binge?
 
So I phoned her up and I was on the phone to her for an hour, just crying. And she said, 'Please, do your injection. I want to stay on the phone while you do it'. And I did the injection. And it was, it was a real hurdle for me to do it. Obviously the rest of the week was a bit skew-whiff. You know, I ended up not eating very much for the rest of the week. But the good side of it was at least I did my injection for that binge. Which was a very big step, you know.
 
So it was, it was things like that that, that, you know, that really helped that we talked about, that I could maybe do in that situation. Which is what I did. And it was very hard. But you, you feel like you've come this far, you don't want to take a backward step. You've done so well, you don't want to, because if I hadn't have done the injection I know that I was going to feel terrible. I'd feel ill; I couldn't concentrate on my work the next day. And I just couldn't bear to feel like that again. Because I'd started to feel better, I couldn't bear to feel like that again. But I also couldn't bear the thought of being really fat. And it, it's, like I say it's this, this battle going on, and you just have to kind of weigh up the pros and cons in your head, you know. And which is initially what we did. We, it's weighing up the pros and cons of your actions and thinking about them, rather than just doing it sporadically, rather than just bingeing and forgetting about it and not doing your jab. It's thinking about whether you need to have the binge, why you want to have the binge, what spurred you into feeling that you have to have the binge, why are you starving yourself. I mean normally you have a binge; you starve yourself simply as to compensate and to be, to stay thin. So that was just some of the, the work that, you know, that we did together.

And how long you stayed with her?
I stayed with her for... about three years, about three and a half years.

But when I lost my sight, obviously a lot of the same emotions that I'd had when I was younger were, had come back again, on top, along with a lot more emotions, because I've, you know, I've lost my sight, I've gone blind. So I decided and I took it upon myself, people think you've gone blind because of how you treated your body. Surely you'd never do that again? Surely you could never go back to living like that again? And I couldn't. But I'm not to know that and I'm not to know whether it might suddenly creep up on me one day. Because an eating disorder is an illness and it overpowers everything. And it overpowers the fact that you are a diabetic. It overpowers the fact that you are blind because of it. And there's not a damn thing you can do about it, you know. So I took it upon myself to go back to him and talk about how I was feeling about going blind, about having gone blind. Because I didn't want, I didn't even want to take the risk of me falling back into that trap again, you know. I thought, 'Right, I've, it's, I've lost my sight because of this. I'm feeling crap. I've gone blind at the age of 23. But there's no way I want to be blind and going through what I did before. So I'm going to go back and see this person that I saw before and talk to him about this and nip it in the bud before it's even got started'. So that, you know, that's what I did.
 
 
 

She is taking her insulin more regularly again. Having treatment for her eating disorder and...

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Age at interview: 20
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Age at diagnosis: 19
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In May you started to take your insulin in a more kind of regular, more systematic, can you tell me about that?
 
Yes. I mean I started treatment at the hospital in May and things, for like about a month things were still very, very unsettled and I wasn't really making much of, much of an attempt to take my insulin more regularly. But like gradually kind of like over the summer and like up until now I've been like gradually working on taking my insulin more regularly. Yes, because I was in treatment for the eating disorder that really helped. Because like they didn't just focus on the eating disorder, because they understood that like me not taking my insulin was, like if they just dealt with kind of the eating aspects of things then it wouldn't help, because I wasn't taking my insulin, so that I needed support from like the diabetes side. So they arranged for me to start seeing a GP who like knew more about diabetes than they did. And that's been really helpful, because it's just given me a chance to kind of talk about like the diabetes aspect of things. And…
 
What has changed? I mean with this new, seeing a new psychiatrist and psychotherapists, what has changed? Regarding the sort of treatment?
 
It's that I'm specifically having treatment that's targeted on overcoming my eating disorder. And it's very proactive and, because it's cognitive behaviour therapy. And like rather than just kind of talking about things and saying, 'This is how it is' it's like I sit and plan what I'm going to do and how I'm going to do it, why I need to do it. And it really makes me kind of think about things and cha-, and my thinking change, and it works on changing like my attitudes and my habits. And so as the treatment has progressed like I've made more and more changes, and been able to maintain more. It's, with like starting to take my insulin again, it has been so hard because, I don't know, I somehow got the attitude that insulin, although it's what keeps me alive, I kind of treated like it was something poisonous. Because when I didn't take my insulin I could see the numbers on the scale going down, and when I started taking it again then they'd go up again. And I couldn't deal with that. But, yes, so it's been a real struggle. Like I've had like times where I've managed to do like really well with taking it for like a week or something, and then like just completely fallen back down again. But for the past six, for the past six, seven weeks with, like me and the doctor has been in quite a lot of contact. And she's in contact with like my psychiatrist and my therapist and she got into contact with my diabetes team. So they're all kind of collaborating together.
 
For links to more information about ED-DMT1 and other types of eating disorders including Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Compulsive Overeating and Orthorexia visit our resources section.

Last reviewed October 2018.
​Last updated October 2018.
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