Our expert says:
Obvously it is essential to eat properly and maintain strength if you are to have a fair chance of success in the exams --- surely your shrink can help you to control the bulimia ( raher than letting it control you ) until the exams are over ? And if there are medical reasons for not being able to sit exams, the university ought to take that into account. And skilled treatment of your bulimia, though it may then sart wih some time in hospital, shouldn't usually need 6 months in a rehab program.
I strongly agree with Liza, that 6 months of in-patient rehab is rarely the best idea, and is not a great way to prepare for coping with real-lfe --- while CBT counselling could help achieve exactly that. And absolutely do not go for any rehab that is intensive for however many inpatient months, and then leaves you alone --- it would be CBT and follow0up support that would be crucial.
It is esetial that you recognize the falsity of the idea you are clinging to --- the eating disorder does NOT help you cope in life -- it makes coping with life much more dificult. Maybe it gives you a false sense of coping to be able to so keenly control your eating and vomiting, but that's not actually coping with anything, it's proof of NOT coping.
The age of your fellow students is irrelevant. They have not faced the sort of problems you have, and comparisons are irrelevant. Look at Lisa's example, of someone with an even more complex and difficult conition, who is now doing really well in her studies. Being heathy is the first essential step, then everything else hat is worthwhile can follow that
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