Eating Disorders Research

(If you’ve seen this on other communities, its been UPDATED, please read) Hey everyone, Id like to introduce myself. My name is Lindsay and Im 22, a graduate from SUNY Fredonia. I will be going on to grad school in Fall 2005 and in the meantime I want to do some research. I will be going on to school for social work to study eating disorders. I am in the very early stages of putting together a lengthy survey that I plan to turn into a book (before I return to school).
This is where all of you come in. I would like to know if any of you would be interested in taking a survey such as this. It would be completely confidential (you would give only me personal info. for my record-keeping). This is going to be looked over by a lawyer before I send it out, so it will be very legit. The questions range from demographics (name, age, sex etc.)- personal data such as names would not be disclosed, to questions about your personal struggle, media influence, mental health background etc. I believe I am qualified to do research like this because I have struggled with an eating disorder for years, I feel like I have a non-judgemental outlook and the ability to ask questions that maybe haven't been asked before.
I’d like to make it CLEAR that I am looking to survey males and females of ALL shapes and sizes as well as current health statuses. If you have struggled with an eating disorder in the past or are now and you happen to be interested, great! If not, that is absolutly fine and I hope that I haven’t offended you by posting on this community. I have posted to this community because it includes the interest ‘eating disorder’. I am at the beginning of my research, and it will take me a lot of time to get a wide range of people (pro AND anti ana people etc.)
This is a rather non-personal email (sorry) that I intend to send to as many of these eating disorder based livejournal groups as possible. That is because I need help from ALL of you. If you are interested- email me
If you respond to this on a community, chances are I won’t see it for a very long time. This is because I am having very successful responses (YAY) from this post, and it takes me a very long time just keeping up with my emails. I am so sorry about that and I mean no disrespect to your community, if you feel that way then you may simply delete this post.
Please keep in mind that I am in the beginning stages and although I want to move the processes along quickly, it may take time before I am able to send the finalized survey out. If you email me, I will try my best to respond in a timely fashion and answer any questions you may have.
Thank you so much, Lindsay

First Post, for future referance, be prepared for rants.

Okay, I just joined and I read over your rules. So I might as well say, watch out for trigger words.

I'm 15, I go to high school and live so close to Detroit that I just tell people that I live in Detroit. I can't stand guys my own age. I swear I can't have anything to do with them. I can only find feelings for much older men. And I know why.

When I was eight, my family (mom, dad, brother) all went to one of those family campgrounds that was right on the edge of a lake. Well, I was stupid when I was little. I always liked to go play with kids way older than me. I loved attention. It got me the worst thing ever.

One of the older kids was a teenager named Nick. He was probably about 15 or 16, and he had seemed nice. We played in the water, me in my bathing suit, him in trunks. My mom was on the beach talking with people and my dad had gone fishing with my brother. He asked me to come see something with him in the woods. I was a total bimbo and went with him. My mom never noticed that I was gone.

I think you need not for me to say what happened.

I can't stand guys my own age. I always see Nick when I look at them. I'm considered a 'freak, outkast, goth' at school. I don't care what those idiots say, they're all Nick.
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*waves* This is your friendly Mod Drea here. ^_^;;

For those of you who were (remotely) interested, the forums that I set up are down. I hope to remedy that sometime this week. (The damned people who were hosting our board had some stupid rule that if no one posted in 25 days that they would delete it.) XD So, we fell victim.

*sigh* Rest assured, I'll correct the problem shortly and Project Mikomi will have our message board up and running again! ^_^

(This post WILL be edited with the new board link.)
sansa stark

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I have never been good at introductions so I took hints from Drea's.

Well, my name is Amelia and I'm 15 years old so I still attend high school. My favourite subjects are English and History. Maths is really boring because it's far too easy for me. I live with my parents, my 3 brothers and my 2 cats (one I named Ginger Ninja - it's super duper cute and fat, my pride and joy =p it likes to lick water from the bath taps, don't ask). I reckon it's good being the only girl :) Sure, my brothers are annoying sometimes but what can you expect?

I really like Australians reality TV shows like Big Brother and The Block (renovating program) at the moment for the dramas and whatnot. I also like The O.C for various remans. hm, Ben Mckenzie reminds me of my crush *ahem* I tend to watch TV when I'm bored, especially after school where I always 'blob' out.

I enjoy listening to hard rock music, basically anything I can 'rock out' to, really. My favourite bands include Otep, Jack Off Jill, Azure Ray, The Blood Brothers, Dreseden Dolls, Evanescence, Smashing Pumpkins, Vanessa Carlton, Hole, Kittie, The Yeah Yeah Yeah, Ramsus, Radiohead, The Cranberries, etc. I love watching and analyzing movies (Fight Club, Donnie Darkio, Mangolia, The Ring and so forth) and reading a good book :)

my issues, my issues.. I have problems with eating (I binge and I'm always trying to lose weight..), my self-esteem, talking to boys and getting along with people (it doesn't help when my first couple of friendships when I was younger ended and that really hurt me). I admit I have suicidical thoughts but I never act out on them. Sometimes I think I'm depressed but it could be just angst/PMS/loneliness, ya know.

What makes my day is someone taking special notice of me, appreciates me for being there, unique kindness. Like everyone else I thrive on attention and love (sorry to be sappy).

stay safe everyone,

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Well, I suppose before I can coax others to come, I must first... introduce myself.

I'm an undergraduate college student majoring in Creative Writing, from Oakland California. I live with my Mum, my Dad and my 2 lovely cats. (Whom I also call my children. If you have animals, you know.) :p

I love the TV show, the Starting Over house. ^^; It's an inspiration to watch women attempting life changes. (If you haven't heard of it, type it in a search engine or something to get to the site. It's an awesome reality show...)


I've been struggling with my eating disorder every since I've been twelve. I'm eighteen now. You do the math. I've attempted suicide twice. (Once with sleeping pills, the other by trying to slit my wrists.)

I've never attempting cutting, but I've been prone to self injury. (I know a few people who cut, though.) I used to bruise myself. If that makes any sense. Around the time I was being verbally abused by those who I *thought* were my friends.

So much for putting myself out there.

I hope you members feel comfortable enough to do the same.

Take care everyone. <3333~
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