any tips for hiding bulimia in college/dorm setting/shared bathrooms?
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Bulimia in college?
I'm not in college, But I do purge at school, and in public areas often. I wont give you tips, but I always carry a small backpack with Body spray a toothbrush make-up etc. (I was never one for the big purses lol) I always go to the furthest, less used bathroom, Or a bathroom where I know I wont know anyone in. (If you can even use other washrooms in college?) That way if someone happens to walk in and sees you vomiting they will most likely just assume you're not feeling well. Anyway Just sayin' Thats what I do.. ~ jex
Fighting for the smallest goal: to get a little self-control.
I know how hard you try, I see it in your eyes.
do you have the bathrooms where like all the girls in the hall share, or more like me.. I share a room with 3 other girls and we have 2 bathrooms in our pod5'8" / 19 / F
I'm in college too and it's really hard battling bulimia with trying to hide it, focus on school, and all the other nasty things that come with it. I'm trying VERY hard this semester to stop b/ping and to really focus on school and having a good time. However last semester and if I slip up I usually find a bathroom on campus that's very isolated that no one goes to.
Good luck and be safe
01-21-2011 #5Junior Member
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I'm in the same boat as Shae, trying to get off the cycle (though we all know its near impossible) but yeah when I binge at school, though I'm usually home when I binge, there's usually a few buildings that will have those 'unisex' washrooms that are just one toilet in a room. That's the best place to purge without ppl noticing
06-09-2011 #6Junior Member
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I know this is going to sound gross, but it's how I've managed to keep my bulimia secret throughout the last three years of college and life with shared bathrooms. I keep a big box of gallon-sized ziplock bags in my room and vomit in those. I turn the TV up loud so my neighbors don't hear, and then get rid of the bag in the trash-chute room later at night or early in the morning. I know it's gross. I've had my RA walk in on me vomiting in the bathroom, probably thinking I was sick or hungover or something, and while I managed to get away with saying I had stomach flu that time, I don't think I could have used that excuse everyday.
Other than that, I guess just what everyone else suggested -- find isolated bathrooms around campus.
06-09-2011 #7Junior Member
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My bulimia started in college. Even in communal bathrooms, it wasn't too difficult. What was difficult was focusing on school with my constant headaches and dizziness. My advise is to take the summer to slow down your b/p cycle as much as you can. Bulimia makes that first year even more stressful then it already is, and trust me, it can be really rough. Plus, the stress from school makes bulimia worse, which makes for a lovely, vicious cycle. I hate sound preachy, but I am so cautious because bulimia nearly cost me my GPA, scholarships, and freshman year. Getting caught saved all of that, and my life. Obviously, I'm not recovered or anything, but I'm better than I was.
I know this isn't the "tips" you're looking for, but it's all I've got. I say this because I care about you having a good time in school. PLEASE don't think I'm being condescending, I'm the first to admit I did not, and still sometimes do not, take my own advise. I wish you good luck with it all. College is awesome, especially that first year, don't miss out like I did cause you can't pull your head out of the porcelain.lostinato.tumblr
Anorexic for six years.
"Recovered" three times.
Battling bulimia with restrictive tendencies for the past half year.
ugh I was in the same predicament... really all you can do is just NEVER ever become careless... and clean up thoroughly after yourself.
It's horrible... please try to stop. do your very best.
At the same time though for me it was an invaluable coping mechanism- super unhealthy but I didn't really have anything else.
one thing that helps is keeping yourself really busy with clubs, activities, events and school. Also studying in an area that's food free (so you're not tempted in the first place) and planning out meals for yourself at regular intervals.
It takes practise, I won't lie..:Strong and Beautiful:.
06-09-2011 #9Junior Member
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*adding to earlier post / seconding what others have said*
The best "tip" I can offer is to STOP bulimia before you get to college. It only gets worse -- seriously. I was moderately bulimic in high school, alternating back and forth between bulimia and anorexia. When I got go college, my ED was the only coping mechanism I had, aside from some SI, and it took over my life. It is SO hard to keep up with classes and maintain a decent GPA (I'm currently at a 3.8, but that still amazes me sometimes) when you can think of nothing other than food, are constantly planning your next b/p, and feel like absolute shit all the time (kind of like being perpetually "hungover" in class). It sucks. I went from b/p a couple of times a week in high school to a couple of times a day in college. I have debated going IP because it has become so unbearably hard to manage it all, and I know it will only get worse once I get to grad school. Bulimia will take over your life -- it will be the only "extracurricular" activity you will have, your "major," and your "social life."
Maybe you will be able to manage it better than I have. This is just my own personal experience and words of warning.
I have to second what others have said -- hiding it is not as big a deal as managing school and bulimia at the same time.
Me_and_Mia: that's nearly exactly what I went through- my ED spiraled out of control compared to high school it was a miracle I managed to keep my grades up, and I had no social life.
I'm hoping next year will be better...
It's nice to know there are many others in the same predicament..:Strong and Beautiful:.