The true life episode I chose to watch was “I’m drunkorexic.” This episode followed Laura, a 24-year-old female and DJ, a 22-year-old male. They both suffered from eating disorders as well as being severe alcoholics. I believe that being drunkorexic is a “medical condition” because it involves having significant psychological problems with their physical appearances, which led to eating disorders, as well as dependence for alcohol. Being drunkorexic was characterized by restricting the amount of food they ate in order to have left over calories to binge drink. This caused a number of problems, as you can imagine. DJ ended up with stomach problems the persisted for over four months in which he couldn’t stomach food any more. Laura had more problems with her personal life and the relationship she had with her boyfriend Matt. DJ went in and saw a medical doctor. His experience with the doctor was not pleasant, the doctor seemed shock to the negative extent to which DJ let his body get to. DJ also was given pills and told he should immediately change his lifestyle such as his extreme partying and lack of eating. An “illness narrative” was depicted throughout this episode because it showed the progression of problems each person faced as their addiction to alcohol and lack of regular eating habits worsened. There was a chaos narrative present in this episode. Both Laura and DJ were struggling especially with the mental problems with being drunkorexic. They had a lot of internal conflict going on with their illness. The stigma attached with being a drunk is quite negative. The lives of these two people also diminished because they weren’t able to eat a normal amount of food each day. Illness narratives are useful because they allow friends, and the people closest to the persons suffering a look into how severe the situation actually is. Narratives also provide evidence on how prevalent a certain illness may be for healthcare providers.
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