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Anonymous:  Can thyroid related issues being caused by AN? I was diagnossed with AN a long time ago, and yesterday I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, so I don't know if it's a side effect of it or maybe due other factors.

krayolablue91:

scienceofeds:

Hi anon,

I don’t know, unfortunately :/ I’ll try to look into this and see if I can find anything though.

Copied and pasted from a different post I just replied to recently:

Eating disorders can “cause” what would be seen as hypothyroidism. I have seen it referenced in many places, particularly recalling “Decoding Anorexia” by Carrie Arnold - I can’t get the book out right now, but I recall the cringing at know some doctors give people with AN hypo-thyroid medication! *edit* just found the page where they talk about it:

"Hormone production also slows. ‘The endocrine system is considerably affected. We know that most of the female hormones need fat to be produced,’ he said. ‘The thyroid slows down because there isn’t enough protein to bind to the various aspects of iodine and so on, so thyroid production is actually quite low. Although this looks like hypothyroidism in labs results, it’s actually a very common sign of malnutrition.’" - Decoding Anorexia by Carrie Arnold page 88

Wikipedia even shows it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anorexia_nervosa_(differential_diagnoses)

Here is a study that somewhat talks about it: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3278909/

Thanks so much! I am currently cringing at said doctors. 

I don’t know about AN actually causing hypothyroidism (in the long term, not just something that “looks like” it). By “don’t know” I don’t mean I am skeptical, I mean I literally haven’t looked into it and am a bit lazy right now to do so, hah. 

Anonymous:  Can thyroid related issues being caused by AN? I was diagnossed with AN a long time ago, and yesterday I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, so I don't know if it's a side effect of it or maybe due other factors.

Hi anon,

I don’t know, unfortunately :/ I’ll try to look into this and see if I can find anything though.

psychhealth:

Random rant that might offend someone…

Why do so many trich blogs on Tumblr have relapse/recovery pictures that show their latest pull sites or new growth? I barely follow any trich blogs because I find those images so triggering. Of course, that’s totally my problem, and I’m not expecting anyone to post to my liking. But an SI or eating disorder recovery blog wouldn’t post pictures of new cuts or weight gained/lost; why are trich blogs any different?

I feel like recovery bloggers do sometimes post pictures of weight gained (and compare to lower weights). Plenty recovery blogs seem image (and number) heavy. That’s not a criticism on my part; people should post whatever they want/feel like, obviously, as it is their blog/space. But that’s part of why I don’t follow any; I don’t like to be inundated with that stuff. I don’t know how it compared to trich or SI recovery blogs though. 

❝ Often the inpatient environment is highly structured with routine and rules pervading the day. This can be highly valued by those with an obsessive-compulsive temperament since it produces a sense of security, but on the downside allows the obsessive-compulsive traits to dominate. The nature of a daily inpatient routine with activities planned, meal times arranged and predictable menus leads to lack of practise in decision making involving everyday tasks. Additionally, such a rigid routine can lead to panic and distress when, in the ‘real world’ things do not run on time, plans are changed and portion sizes vary.

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When Clinicians Do More Harm Than Good Part II (via scienceofeds)

From the archives

Binge/Purge Thoughts in Nonsuicidal Self-Injurious Adolescents

Worry and pressure precipitated both BP and NSSI thoughts, but perceived criticism and feelings of rejection/hurt were associated more often with BP thoughts than with NSSI thoughts.

Oh shit what, do some people actually need >4,000 calories to keep gaining and >2,500 to maintain? Yup.
From the archives: Hypermetabolism in Anorexia Nervosa
❝ A relevant percentage of [bulimia nervosa] clinical patients were overweight. Normal-weight and overweight subjects did not differ in terms of eating disorder-specific psychopathology, with the exception of body uneasiness, which was higher in BN overweight patients. Among normal-weight patients, a significant correlation between emotional eating and binge eating frequency was observed, while this correlation was absent in BN overweight patients.

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Comparison between normal-weight and overweight bulimic patients

I wonder why the correlation was absent in overweight BN patients… hmm.