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Hi, I am in my early 30s, and was diagnosed as ASD about 4 years ago, following a very ill period and severe shut down to life.


I now feel not much better, and receive no help from medical or mental health services. I have been through the horrendous (to me) medication route, and it nearly killed me, both mentally and physically, and I have not been offered any other help since stopping meds.


My biggest concern at the moment is that I can barely eat on a day to day basis. I know this comes from my chronic insomnia and anxiety, but I don't know what to do. I can feel myself becoming physically ill, and that I am damaging my body, but the anxiety and depression are making it nearly impossible to maintain food and health like most people do.


Does anyone else have similar food issues, and any advice as to what may help me? I have given up on the gp and mental health service, and I have been offered no specialist help from these anyway, so just feel completely trapped. I was listened to and helped more before getting a diagnosis.


I am waiting to get a 1to1 assessment with a local eating distress charity, but that is weeks away, and in the mean time I'm losing a lot of weight again and becoming very tired and ill.


I just want to be able to keep weight on and not feel like this constantly, as the situation is like a self feeding spiral with anxiety and depression, which just stops food being possible, and then feeds more anxiety and depression etc.


Your advice would be most appreciated



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What is your fluid intake each day - i.e. does it include at least two liters of pure water; given that dehydration restricts mental and physical functionality in terms of intake and output.

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My appetite was partially solved by taking zinc tablets (if you can taste them you are likely to need them) and partially resolved by cutting put all gluten and dairy from my diet and lifestyle. I also cut out benzoates and lowered aspartame intake.

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