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  1. I’m sorry to hear this. I’ve been there too. Did you reduce the does yourself? I am impressed that you have been able to self-monitor and can therefore take steps to rectify the situation. I am not so good at this myself, but I like the check list laid out here that helps me to assess whether I’m entering a relapse. I would definitely consider seeing your psychiatrist rather than increasing the dose yourself, just in case that might have other side effects too. Good luck!
  2. I agree with what colleagues have said – comorbidity is common with EDs. I agree that analysing behavioural patterns especially over meal times will help to distinguish whether there is more than one aspect at play. Of course, self harm associated with EDs (and/ or BPD) can manifest in a number of different ways as Amanda Robins describes in this poignant portrayal of a young girl with a diagnosed ED.
  3. I don’t think anyone can give you a definitive answer. These are called the neurovegetative symptoms of depression. Both oversleeping and overeating can be thought of as an expression of turning away from the social world. The person avoids others and tries to feel okay by eating. Eating helps a little but it is short lived. A neurobiological explanation might suggest that the person seeks to increase their serotonin through eating carbs and sleeping. I’m not sure I buy that theory. This article on suicide suggests that these can be an expression of something a bit more aggressive: Understanding Suicide . Maybe both are a way of saying to hell with the world, but I would be skeptical of this kind of approach unless the conclusion grew out of a lot of therapist-patient discussion.