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Dr. Robin says that many women use alcohol as a distraction from life's frustrations. "It gives you a sense that you're okay, that you're not hurting," Dr. Robin says. "The insults, you can let them roll off your back, but it's only because you're high, you're drunk, you're vacant—you're not there."

Lauren's overeating is the flipside to Leigh's anorexia. "The huge connection between the two stories is that [both Lauren and Leigh] feel they're not worthy," Oprah says. "They are harming themselves to 'prove' that something is wrong [with them]."
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FROM: Why I Hate Myself: Mothers Confess
Published on May 11, 2006

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