I wondered if anybody else was also on a long waiting for ED treatment and was struggling to cope? I have been waiting for treatment for my eating disorder for 14 months now and I really feel like I have reached the end of my tether, and things have started to go downhill for me.
When I was assessed (after a six month wait) my BMI was *tw* 16.6 and I was restricting somewhat, but not too badly, and over-exercising, plus sometimes taking diet pills. But I was largely stable and felt I could cope with symptoms. They have constantly been lying to me telling me that I will be seen the following month since August 18, but then that comes, I am never seen and I really feel like I have to get worse for them to take any notice of me whatsoever. I have been in touch with the clinical services director at the service because there have been lots of other problems with the way they have treated me.
Anyway, I am now at the point where I am restricting my intake more, exercising more and taking diet pills everyday, and have lost a little weight (it is much harder to lose weight when you are already underweight I am finding!). I just feel completely despondent, like I have no hope of getting better as I have had this problem since I was 14 and now I am 27. To add to that, some of the physical effects of restricting are making it hard for me to work full time including low energy, dizzy spells/seeing stars, constant hunger and irritability but my job is my motivation for getting better and I can't afford to drop my hours.
Does anybody have any good coping tips for dealing with the long, long wait for treatment? There is still no indication of when I would be seen: it could be two weeks or two years! I do have monthly review appointments with the service after making a complaint about the way they have handled my case. I need some practical tips for eating a bit better again, managing the hunger and physical issues and dealing with the despondency.