Anorexia — is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of weight. People with anorexia place a high value on controlling their weight and shape, using extreme efforts that tend to significantly interfere with their lives.
To prevent weight gain or to continue losing weight, people with anorexia usually severely restrict the amount of food they eat. They may control calorie intake by vomiting after eating or by misusing laxatives, diet aids, diuretics or enemas. They may also try to lose weight by exercising excessively. No matter how much weight is lost, the person continues to fear weight gain.
Anorexia isn't really about food. It's an extremely unhealthy and sometimes life-threatening way to try to cope with emotional problems. When you have anorexia, you often equate thinness with self-worth.
Anorexia, like other eating disorders, can take over your life and can be very difficult to overcome. But with treatment, you can gain a better sense of who you are, return to healthier eating habits and reverse some of anorexia's serious complications.#MentalIllness #MentalHealth
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Hi, my name is julsgrrrl. I'm here because I am struggling with chronic pain and did 13+ years of ECT and tons of medication. I’m in a new state with very little support and am looking for people with similar issues to relate to
Shame is a difficult feeling to have. Coming from personal experience, shame can be debilitating and hard to move past. Right now I'm battling the shame that comes with having a mental health condition and not seeming like I have things "all put together."
🌹 P.S. If shame is getting you down right now, know that you're not alone and it's OK to not feel OK. We can take baby steps together in getting to a better place. We won't feel this shame forever.
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Part 1 of 2 Human beings are born to compete for survival, just like any wild animal. We depend on being strong enough, protected enough, fed enough, sheltered appropriately, and safe enough to grow and reproduce. Competition is so widely accepted as a natural state of being. It’s so natural that our society has made competitions a game.
Competition is natural.We watch sports on TV, we gather around marathons and triathlons, we hold the Olympic Games every two years, and we start kids in sports young. So no wonder people who have illnesses sometimes compete with each other sometimes, when trying to support another person with the same, similar, or different illnesses.
It’s human to compete. Competition doesn’t make you a bad person, it makes you human. But when it comes to competing to be the “sickest” or “worst” to get our needs met, it threatens our lives, and it sends out an energy that feels sticky and leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Turning that competitive energy for wellness can actually save a life.
I have a number of chronic illnesses that limit me greatly in life. I’ve been sick for almost 13 years. I’ve been to residential/inpatient treatment for my eating disorder too many times to count. I’ve vomited unintentionally almost every day since the beginning of 2010. I have had to get surgeries, procedures, tubes, central lines, an ileostomy, catheters, etc. over the years to manage symptoms. I’m a frequent flier at the hospital, and my medical expenses far exceed what I can afford. Hell does not describe what I’ve experienced, but I know for sure that I do not want ANYONE (even my abusers) to have to experience what I have felt. I would give my own organs to keep someone from having to experience such pain and suffering. I would much prefer to be the one to suffer than to be the caregiver or family member who feels utterly hopeless and powerless, because that is its own hell that hurts just as much as everything I’ve experienced.
People sometimes get intimidated to share their struggles with me because in friends’ words, “I have it worse.” But that’s where the competitive drive is not helpful, and actually quite dangerous. I have friends who suffer immensely. I’ve met most of my closest friends in hospitals and treatment centers so there is no question that a lot of my dearest friends have also been through hell. Nobody feels worthy of compassion and care after being treated like dung by egotistic, power-hungry, shaming providers who work at these treatment centers. Treatment centers, while they do save lives, and can be very helpful for people, they also cause their own flavor of trauma – sometimes worse than the trauma the patient admitted to the center to treat.
When I talk to a friend who is struggling to believe their pain is valid, I try to avoid comparison. I find relating very helpful, but the most impactful comments in a conversation come from a place of deep love, compassion, empathy, and patience. Listening and validating is more impactful than sharing your war story, your pain and your suffering. You can relate without dumping your trauma onto the other person who is also hurting.
I get messages from people in facebook groups, or friends from treatment, asking how they can get the same medical devices I have, or have the same procedure or surgery I had. I have to admit these conversations trigger a part in me that feels invalidated when people assume that if they had my set up, they’d be happy. It isn’t that I don’t think the person needs the medical device, procedure, or surgery they are inquiring about. And there is a way to ask about medical interventions without coming across as competing to be the sickest. But if the conversation goes back and forth with us just throwing out all our worst trauma to each other, it leaves us both feeling sick to our stomachs and even more alone. I’ll give you an example of the difference.
The other day I received a message from someone who’s daughter was struggling very similarly to me, although she has to use a wheelchair, and I am ambulatory. This mother asked me about what I go through, listened, and then shared what her daughter goes through, what they have tried, and what symptoms she has. I listened and validated that what her daughter is going through sounds horribly painful and I would be happy to help in any way I could. She mentioned that she read an article I wrote for The Mighty website, and she said her daughter related so much that she had to reach out and ask for my doctor’s name and number. I was happy to give it to her, and happy to let my doctor know that this person was going to be calling him the next day. This interaction felt amazingly satisfying to me. My goal in life is, and has always been, to help others, and this time I got to!
The other example of frequ
Normally when we breathe, we think we are breathing fully. But now that you are conscious of it, take in a big breath and see how much more room there is in your lungs to fill. When you practice bigger breaths, notice how this not only calms your body, but it also takes your mind off of things like anger. Does this help anyone?
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Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?
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