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It's back - June 3rd 2015, 05:52 PM

I've recovered from ED long time ago. A professional helped me, but this time I feel my ED is coming back. Whenever I eat out with friends, I feel guilty. I feel I should eat less than before. I feel more guilty if I gain editedpound on the scale.

What should I do? It's making me scared.

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Re: It's back - June 3rd 2015, 07:10 PM

Hey there,

First, you should be beyond proud of yourself that you've been able to kick this ED! Recovering from an ED tells us a few things here-- 1) You're strong enough to overcome it should it return 2) You've grown as a person 3) You're bigger than your ED. These are all very good things! It's also amazing that you've recognized that you're slipping back into an old, unwelcome mind set.

Do you have a therapist or still have contact with that professional? If you do, talk to them about this. It's also good to voice what's on your mind and not have to deal with this alone. Maybe you and this person can work on a plan to change your thinking and get ya back on the right track!

My next question is, what helped you recover before? Recovery has to have some sort of motivator. What drove you to keep up with your recovery? Make a list of all the reasons to keep recovering, and pushing forward. Relapsing into old habits is an awful feeling, and we already established you're stronger than your ED! There is a thread on reasons to recover from an eating disorder. I suggest you take a peak at it, and it could help you feel better about what's going on for you right now. Click this for thread

Good luck, and take care of yourself!

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Re: It's back - June 3rd 2015, 08:06 PM

Hi there.

I'm sorry that you feel you're struggling with your Eating Disorder again. It sounds like you are going through a tough time again right now but I think it's really great that you have come to us for some help and support. It shows me you want the help to start beating this again and that's great. You have the determination and you have already done so well. You sound like a really strong and brave person because I know how hard recovery from an ED can be but look, you did it before, you can do it again.

Definitely think about what helped you in the past. They can be big things like your family or small things like be able to go to the beach and eat ice cream. What helped you to get better? What made you focus on recovery? There are so many reasons for recovery but personal reasons can really make the difference. Maybe you could make a diagram of reasons you want to stay well and focused and not relapse, decorate it and stick it up on your wall to help you focus each day. So when you are struggling you can look at it and read it and it can help you through the moment. And when you wake up in the mornings it can be a motivation too. I know in the past I have had a list of reasons to live on my wall all nicely decorated and it really helped me when I was at my lowest because all I had to do was go to my room and look at it and it motivated me not to act on my thoughts. You know?

Do you still have support in place? If so maybe you can tell the person supporting you that you are struggling and that you need a bit if extra support right now. There's nothing to be ashamed of. And if you haven't got help, maybe you could reach out to someone such as your GP (Doctor), teacher, family, friends or if you feel you need more support than that you can be refereed to an eating disorder specialist or a dietitian or nutritionist. Just ask for what help you feel you need to make sure you don't go 20 steps backwards instead of a few steps forwards. Remember that you are never alone in this. For one we are always here but so are the people around you at home who love and care about you; they all want to help you just like we do so don't be afraid to reach out for help, okay? You deserve help when you are struggling and that's okay. We all need a little bit of help sometimes.

I know this is hard but you can get through this You are worth more than your eating disorder and deserve so much more than what you would be putting yourself through if you went back down that road. But don't be afraid to say you are struggling and to reach out for help okay? We're not going anywhere so feel free to post as much as you need to! We'll always be here to try and help you as best as we can. Just keep fighting and keep your head up. You have so many reasons for recovery, it just gets dark sometimes.

I hope this helps a little, Take good care of yourself - you ARE worth the fight,

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Re: It's back - June 5th 2015, 05:16 PM


You have already received some good advice. I think that you should definitely take into consideration everything that has been said here. You mentioned that you got help with this by seeking out professional help and I am curious if you are still seeing this person or can get in contract with them. They might be able to help you work on these feelings and redirect them. I know when I am struggling with my eating I will talk to my therapist about it and it helps immensely. She is able to give me sound advice and help me work on figuring out what might have triggered the episode.

I think that is something else you need to try and do; figure out what is triggering these feelings. Is it loss of control? Things going on in your life at the moment or something else entirely. My eating disorder tends to flare up when I am stressed out. I think this is common for most people so if you can identify what might be causing you stress you might be able to work on overcoming these thoughts and realizing that it is okay to eat and enjoy food.

Lastly, I just wanted to say I know what a struggle eating disorders can be but I believe that with a lot of work and dedication you can work on dealing with this and getting to a better place.

I hope that this helped and if you need anything feel free to message me.

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