How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC Your Own ...

Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC
Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC, Therapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 5419
Experience:  Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have struggled for a number of years with an eating disorder,

Customer Question

I have struggled for a number of years with an eating disorder, depression, OCD..All related to one another. As it turns out I am still overweight.. I tend to binge and purge. My main problem is laxative abuse and I am really determined to stop taking them however I seem to be caught in a vicious circle now that I cannot get out of. Can anyone offer me advice as to how to break this cycle for good?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 3 years ago.

Hi, I'd like to help you with your question.

 

It seems from what you said that you have good insight into your problem. This is a great first step. Insight and acknowledging a problem is half the battle. The other half is dealing with the behavior. You need to learn to cope with your eating disorder by learning who you are beyond the disorder and trusting and loving yourself again.

 

You have lots of options to help you. You can seek out a therapist to help you. Talking to a therapist can help you gain more insight into why you have this behavior. Oftentimes, that is an important part to stopping the behavior. You can find a therapist by asking your doctor for a referral or if you attend church, talk with your pastor. You can also search on line at http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/. The therapist can do an evaluation, determine your treatment needs and help you develop a plan to deal with your eating disorder.

 

You can also search for a group for eating disorders. The support you can gain from talking with others about what you are going through can help you feel less alone. It can also help you by hearing what other people do to help themselves. Here is a helpful link: http://psychcentral.com/resources/Eating_Disorders/Support_Groups/.

 

Talk with your doctor about medication that is appropriate for your depression and OCD. There are medications that can help take the edge off so you can deal with the eating disorder. You can also see a psychiatrist for medication as well. Your therapist, once they do an evaluation, can refer you if needed.

 

There are also some books that can help you get started. One is called The Eating Disorders Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments, and Prevention of Eating Disorders (Sourcebooks) by Carolyn Costin. Another is Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too by Jenni Schaefer and Thom Rutledge. You can find these on Amazon.com or your local library may have them available.

 

I hope this has helped you,
Kate

Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC, Therapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 5419
Experience: Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC and 2 other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thanks so much for the a above advice.. I am currently taking 60mg prozac.. My binge attacks arise out of low self esteem and can be aggravated when I am under pressure as at present with exams. But while I acknoelge the above my difficulty is physically stopping taking laxatives.. Every medic I have gone to tells me to stop taking them in such high doses but out of dependency over the years I need to take very high doses and I am at the stage now that if I do not taken them I get very sick and my bowel gets very compacted. This is the difficulty I am trying to address as its preventing me stopping taking laxatives. At the same time when I do take a large dose I end up very unwell the following day with heachaches, weak and faint spells and muscle aches. Any advice re this specific area of weening off very large doses of laxatives?
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 3 years ago.

I understand. Thanks for the additional information.

 

You cannot just stop the laxative addiction on your own. This is something that must be done carefully with a physician's supervision. You are talking about a physical reaction that occurs when you take a drug. As with any drug that is being abused, a doctor must oversee withdrawal. Also, you must have blood testing done and your electrolytes monitored to be sure you come off of the laxatives safely.

 

Please contact your doctor and let them know that you are wanting to detox from laxative abuse. They can best guide you through the process. Then you can follow through with a therapist to help you address the addiction and your other symptoms so you can recover and not relapse.

 

Kate

Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC, Therapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 5419
Experience: Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC and 2 other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thanks so much for your help. Im sick going to GPs and they are all the same. They just tell you to stop immediately but can't help or at least dont want to help you, Honestly I dont even think they want to talk about it. Anyways, thank you for the above advice and your time.
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 3 years ago.

I understand. I am sorry about your experience with the doctors you have gone to. Sometimes it takes a lot of work to find a good doctor who will listen and work with you. I have had the same experience myself.

 

Try asking around for suggestions. You can even contact your local hospital and sometimes a nurse or another worker will tell you who the good doctors are in your area. Friends, family or co workers are great sources too. I found my doctor through a neighbor and her husband, so you never know who may know of that one doctor who can help.

 

Take care,
Kate

Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC, Therapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 5419
Experience: Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC and 2 other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Many thanks
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 3 years ago.

You are very welcome! I hope it all works out for you.

 

Kate

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/Dr.Keane/2013-8-20_204325_drkeane.64x64.jpg Dr. Keane's Avatar

    Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RE/resolutions66/2011-1-17_05728_IMG8202smilingeditedforJustAnswer.64x64.jpg Elliott, LPCC, NCC's Avatar

    Elliott, LPCC, NCC

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    5024
    35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/formybunch/2010-12-06_191055_img_0975.jpg Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC's Avatar

    Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    3733
    Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrAkiraOlsen/2012-2-20_746_AkiraADpicmain.64x64.jpg Dr. Olsen's Avatar

    Dr. Olsen

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2336
    PsyD Psychologist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/norriem/2009-5-27_134249_nm.jpg Norman M.'s Avatar

    Norman M.

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2193
    UK trained in hypnotherapy, counselling and psychotherapy and have been in private practice. ADHP(NC), DEHP(NC), UKCP Registered and ECP.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PsychologyProf/2010-07-15_171248_logos060400409.jpg Dr. Michael's Avatar

    Dr. Michael

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2177
    Licensed Ph.D. Clinical Health Psychology with 30 years of experience in private practive and as a clinical psychology university professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KURTEMMERLING/2010-07-23_215531_just_ask_picture1.jpg Steven Olsen's Avatar

    Steven Olsen

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1727
    More than twenty years of expertise in counseling, psychological diagnosis and education