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Old 11-23-12, 11:53 AM   #1
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I suffer from Bipolar Type II and major depressive episode kicked in just 5 days ago. I'd been expecting it (I sorta felt it coming) but didn't realise just how much this one 'means business'.

On the second day, I woke up and wished I hadn't, went back to sleep, skipped lessons and was never awake (during the day) for more than 1 hour at a time. This sleep caught up with me and between 12 and 6am I was wide awake and leaning out of my fourth floor window throwing stuff out of it, wondering what it would sound like to fall from such a height.

Anyway, details aside, the fact is that it's been four days now and I've still not eaten. My mind knows I need to but my body just isn't having any of it. The thought of eating makes me feel physically sick. Any attempts in me forcing myself to eat have landed up with me throwing up what little went in. It's Friday now, meaning all the GPs will have closed until Monday. Even if I managed to get an appointment on Monday (unlikely), keeping at the current trend (and I can't see it lifting) by that point I won't have eaten for 7 days, which is risky.

I'm basically stuck for the next few days and I have no idea what to do. It goes without saying that weekends are not good times for those with motivation issues, as there's nothing to force me out of bed. Best thing I've come up with so far is the NHS direct helpline, but that's 16p per minute from my mobile provider :( any ideas?
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I suffer from Bipolar Type II and major depressive episode kicked in just 5 days ago. I'd been expecting it (I sorta felt it coming) but didn't realise just how much this one 'means business'.

On the second day, I woke up and wished I hadn't, went back to sleep, skipped lessons and was never awake (during the day) for more than 1 hour at a time. This sleep caught up with me and between 12 and 6am I was wide awake and leaning out of my fourth floor window throwing stuff out of it, wondering what it would sound like to fall from such a height.

Anyway, details aside, the fact is that it's been four days now and I've still not eaten. My mind knows I need to but my body just isn't having any of it. The thought of eating makes me feel physically sick. Any attempts in me forcing myself to eat have landed up with me throwing up what little went in. It's Friday now, meaning all the GPs will have closed until Monday. Even if I managed to get an appointment on Monday (unlikely), keeping at the current trend (and I can't see it lifting) by that point I won't have eaten for 7 days, which is risky.

I'm basically stuck for the next few days and I have no idea what to do. It goes without saying that weekends are not good times for those with motivation issues, as there's nothing to force me out of bed. Best thing I've come up with so far is the NHS direct helpline, but that's 16p per minute from my mobile provider :( any ideas?

Yes, I understand. nutrition plays a large role on mental stability. I can try and help you through out the weekend.

you said your paying 16p per minute, what country do you live in? We can try and find other ways for you to contact some direct helplines. also do you have any money to spend. Because if you having aversion to food, I would recommend you first buy a multivitamin (chewable) take that, and also buy something like (boost, carnation) basically buy yourself a box of meal replacement drinks. Maybe at least you can drink that and you'll get your carbs, protein and minerals.

you think thats possible?
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Yes, I understand. nutrition plays a large role on mental stability. I can try and help you through out the weekend.

you said your paying 16p per minute, what country do you live in? We can try and find other ways for you to contact some direct helplines. also do you have any money to spend. Because if you having aversion to food, I would recommend you first buy a multivitamin (chewable) take that, and also buy something like (boost, carnation) basically buy yourself a box of meal replacement drinks. Maybe at least you can drink that and you'll get your carbs, protein and minerals.

you think thats possible?
I'm in the UK. I've checked for sneaky ways around it, but there doesn't seem to be one in this case. I am a little tight on money, but maybe able to afford cheap ones. A friend also just suggested liquid food, and I thought maybe plain ice cream could work. Can't quite see myself eating the whole tub in one go though!
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Hi I'm in the UK too. Some GPs have emergency surgeries open on Saturdays. Make sure you call yours to see if you can get an emergency appoitment on Saturday. I know how it feels, particularly on the weekends when there is no reason to get out of bed. Is there anyone you could call just to see and go for coffee, just so you have a reason to get out of the flat? Even if you don't feel "better", you might just feel less worse. As for eating, try dry toast, it isnt' that hard to get down, and might give you a little extra strength. And keep writing here on TTL, we're all here to help you through it.
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Thank you Zeidite :)

Leaving the flat requires motivation, which I am lacking currently. It's quite annoying 'cause when I'm myself, I'm normally a very pro-active person and I just don't stop. Dry toast is the worst :(
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Asked a flatmate to buy ice cream. Tried a spoonful and had a drink. Both came up :(
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Asked a flatmate to buy ice cream. Tried a spoonful and had a drink. Both came up :(
Mmm, i see. Why do you think your having this aversion to food and actually throwing it back up? I think before you can tackle this you need to know why?

if your not really sure why and its just the way it is.....those multivitamins are going to be important, So eventually try and save some money to get a bottle.

if theres is anything you could have in the world to eat, what would it be? if there is anything.. so it seems like your holding down solids or fluids huh. this could be tricky because after 5 days of not really eating, your body will go into panic mode and create extra stress you dont need.

there might actually be a physical reason your not holding down your food, but it could be mental as well. Try and figure that out, if its mental thats good news you can manage to fight that off hopefully and get some food in you.

dont go any more days without eating. try anything juices, smoothies, fruits, veggies, fast food, chips, something with a lot of flavour (sweets, or something super salty or spicy) these should open up your taste buds and make it easier to swallow and keep down. dont forget soups as well. Light soups. maybe like broths even.

Let us know how it goes....
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Thank you Zeidite :)

Leaving the flat requires motivation, which I am lacking currently. It's quite annoying 'cause when I'm myself, I'm normally a very pro-active person and I just don't stop. Dry toast is the worst :(
its alright, you seem like you know much about whats going on. the lack of motivation is directly coming from your brain. If your able to override that message being delivered to you and step out for a little, take a walk even for 10 mins, that could also possible help with the food situation too. If you cant override the messages then eventually you'll regain some will to leave.
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Old 11-26-12, 08:15 PM   #10
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My girlfriend came over which helped with the depression a little and I've been out. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow. I am going to force myself to go.

Not-so-good news; now on eight days without food, and my irregular sleeping pattern, which used to let me get frequent bursts of sleep throughout the day but leave me awake all night, and now just left me with 24hr awakeness.
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