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Amino acid therapy and supplements

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Maido

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I’ve just found out my daughter (20) has bulimia and has just come out of a bad binge/purge cycle.

She is open to taking amino acids and supplements but not medicine or even seeing a doctor or counselor.

At present she is taking or will take

Fish oil
Multivitamin
Magnesium
L glutamine
Vitamin b complex
Vitamin c
Inositol
Zinc
5-HTP
L Tyrosine


Any thoughts, experience or advice here appreciated
 
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Alladyn1919

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I’ve just found out my daughter (20) has bulimia and has just come out of a bad binge/purge cycle.

She is open to taking amino acids and supplements but not medicine or even seeing a doctor or counselor.

At present she is taking or will take

Fish oil
Multivitamin
Magnesium
L glutamine
Vitamin b complex
Vitamin c
Inositol
Zinc
5-HTP
L Tyrosine


Any thoughts, experience or advice here appreciated
To tell the truth I know almost nothing about bulimia and its treatment.I have had some limited success with some amino acids and supplement for major depression but I know nothing about their effectivenes for bulimia.
I think your daughter is reluctant to see a psychiatrist or psychologist to solve her problem with medicines or counselling because she want to avoid publicity.In my opinion she is absolutely right in that respect.I would recomend going to another town for such a purpose if it becomes unavoidable.Probably the sooner the better.Don't know.I wouldn't recommend to anybody to start an "official",on the spot, psychiatrist or even psychological treatment so that "everybody knows" unless it is unavoidable for financial or other reasons.
For ambitious people it might ruin their future prospects.My views are based on my experiences(I was close to commiting that mistake myself). in Poland but I doubt if anywhere else it is much better.
However self-medicating is often risky and I wouldn't rercommend it either.I think that if some non-prescription substanses are effective for bulimia and are safe it is worth trying.But it is necessary to get thourough, detailed information about that from various sources and only then act on that.And it is very important to be careful about such self-medicating, substances should be from reputable sources, starting from very small doses, monitoring reactions etc,etc, but I'm not officially advocate this to anybody.
It is a difficult choice what to do for anybody who needs psychiatric or psychological treatment but who
has no obvious, evident to everybody mental health issue.


Regards

Alladyn1919
 
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Maido

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I don’t really have much option. I’m in an Asian country with quite primitive mental health care. The doctors we have seen have told her to basically tough it out or we can have her locked up. They have said that she doesn’t need medication to get over this despite suicide attempt.
 
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Alladyn1919

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I don’t really have much option. I’m in an Asian country with quite primitive mental health care. The doctors we have seen have told her to basically tough it out or we can have her locked up. They have said that she doesn’t need medication to get over this despite suicide attempt.
It's a pity that nobody well-informed about bulimia replied to your post.I would like to help but as I wrote before know very little about bulimia and it's treatment.I believe I can offer a lot of viable information about depression treatment based on my own experiences with that mess .
From what little I know from the net bulimia responds best to psychotherapy, behavioural therapy in some group or individually, etc.Professionals seem to be of opinion that antidepressants should be used (and may be effective) only if bulimia is accompanied by depression, (which is often the case).However I found some credible posts claiming that antidepressants may be effective for bulimia alone.So you never know.
I think it should be checked and then decided.Maybe it is worth trying some safe substances though with caution and just see if they are effective if there is indeed such a danger of suicide, self-harm, serious physical health problems etc if that bulimia is left untreated.It's kind of choosing lesser risk.If psychotherapy is unavailable and your daughter is unwilling (and in my opinion with good reason) to see a psychiatrist who would prescribe medicines, maybe taking supplements with antidepressive properties make some sense.Don't know.In such a case I may offer some advises based on my own experience.But I repeat, I don't officially recommend such action because of some risk involved witout being sure whether it can help at all.
I think you should check that matter thoroughly from many credible sources and only then make a decision what to do.My post shouldn't be enough for making such a decision.

Regards

Alladyn1919
 
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Maido

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Thanks for the response and food for thought.
 
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