Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

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I have been experiencing anxiety since I was 6 years old and it recently stopped me from having fun in an amusement park with my cousin. I had a panic attack, on the first ride we went on, and cried because I was scared we were going to fall out (we were in the front seat). On the second ride, I went with my dad, and I held him and screamed and cried the whole time because I was so scared of falling out.

My anxiety is getting to the point of affecting my life in too many ways. I am scared to eat( which may be an eating disorder called ARFID), I can't sleep well, my social interactions are becoming more and more limited, and I am always scared of the pain in my knee, the headache I have, etc. to the point that I am scared I am dying. My therapist isn't able to medically/legally diagnose me, but she has already said at least 3 times that she would recommend medication to help me manage my anxiety.

My parents aren't anti medication, but they have already CLEARLY stated they would rather me not be on meds. I really don't want to take meds because I am scared (anxiety, which the meds would help) but I can't keep living with this crazy anxiety. Are there any other options that aren't meds or more therapy that could help?

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What is an eating disorder?


Eating disorders are behavioral conditions characterized by severe and persistent disturbance in eating behaviors and associated distressing thoughts and emotions. They can be very serious conditions affecting physical, psychological and social function. Types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, other specified feeding and eating disorder, pica and rumination disorder.

An eating disorder is a mental disorder defined by abnormal eating behaviors that negatively affect a person's physical or mental health. Only one eating disorder can be diagnosed at a given time.

Types of eating disorders include binge eating disorder, where the patient eats a large amount in a short period of time; anorexia nervosa, where the person has an intense fear of gaining weight and restricts food or overexercises to manage this fear; bulimia nervosa, where individuals eat a large quantity (binging) then try to rid themselves of the food (purging); pica, where the patient eats non-food items; rumination syndrome, where the patient regurgitates undigested or minimally digested food; avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), where people have a reduced or selective food intake due to some psychological reasons (see below); and a group of other specified feeding or eating disorders.

Anxiety disorders, depression and substance abuse are common among people with eating disorders. These disorders do not include obesity. People often experience comorbidity between an eating disorder and OCD. It is estimated 20-60% of patients with an ED have a history of OCD.

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