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My mum encouraged me to take diet pills as a teenager. AMA

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chirrpy · 02/03/2023 12:40

Also encouraged me to go on extreme diets. Started when I was 14/15.

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Newnamenewname109870 · 02/03/2023 12:51

How are you now?

chirrpy · 02/03/2023 12:57

I have a really distorted view of body image and tend to overeat now unfortunately. I really struggle with the way I look, if I'm judged by my body, if my husband is attracted to me, and whether I'm accepted generally. Starting to unpick it in therapy. Thanks for asking 😊

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Mayonaiseislife · 03/03/2023 12:15

Im sorry OP

Do you have a relationship with your mum now?

AnotherVice · 03/03/2023 13:21

Crucially, were you overweight?

LaFemmeDamnee · 03/03/2023 13:23

AnotherVice · 03/03/2023 13:21

Crucially, were you overweight?

No that is NOT crucial. In fact it is the opposite of the problem.

BlueLabel · 03/03/2023 13:24

What is your relationship with your mother like now?

sixfoot · 03/03/2023 13:26

Weren’t diet pills basically speed?

LetThemEatTurnips · 03/03/2023 13:27

Did anyone else know? Like teachers?

LetThemEatTurnips · 03/03/2023 13:27

And do you still speak to your mother?

lightsi · 03/03/2023 19:51

@Mayonaiseislife yes buts it's a very arms length, surface level type of relationship - because of this and a lot of other emotional abuse she put me through. My husband thinks I should cut her off but it would deeply disrupt the rest of the family, even though I've been tempted many times. I have never confronted her about the diet pills in adulthood as I know it'll be an explosive argument / denial, and don't think I could take that emotionally right now.

lightsi · 03/03/2023 19:52

@AnotherVice @LaFemmeDamnee

I was not overweight. I was by no means slim but I wouldn't say overweight. I do struggle with my weight and overreacting now.

lightsi · 03/03/2023 19:53

@BlueLabel not great. I don't like her as a person, never text her unless she texts me first, wouldn't trust her with DC, dont trust her at all. Been this way ever since (because of this abuse and lots more besides!)

lightsi · 03/03/2023 19:54

@sixfoot it was exactly that, speed. Fucking high on speed at 14. As a mother now it makes me sick that someone would give their child speed.

WhiteFang · 03/03/2023 19:54

OP your name has changed so it’s not showing up as you replying x

lightsi · 03/03/2023 19:55

@LetThemEatTurnips no, I was kind of sworn to secrecy, it was "our little secret". I've told other family members since that this happened and they were shocked. It took me a long time to realise this was abuse.

I've since suffered with a long standing eating disorder and I've abused the same drugs (and plenty others) over the years but live a v clean lifestyle now.

lightsi · 03/03/2023 19:56

WhiteFang · 03/03/2023 19:54

OP your name has changed so it’s not showing up as you replying x

Apologies yes!!! Sorry. That is confusing 🤦🏼‍♀️ I'll change it back now.

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