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ED and social media. - September 27th 2015, 01:37 AM

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I've had an ED for about 10 years now and finally went to residential treatment this summer. I was doing really well for only a few weeks and started slipping again and I've been in full relapse for about a month. I've been seeing progress as I slowly start to eat again. I had dinner tonight and I felt really good, no ED urges at all. I then opened my instagram and the first picture was of this girls' weight loss progress. She is so beautiful and I am far from beautiful. I automatically had ED urges and they are still really bad right now. How do you guys handle these types of situations? I really don't want to cut all social media out of my life, and it hasn't been a problem lately. I have no idea why it triggered me so badly today.


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Re: ED and social media. - September 27th 2015, 03:28 AM

I have this problem too. My suggestion is unfollow anyone who is loosing weight either if it is healthy or in an unhealthy way. If you have any accounts dedicated to your ed log on and delete the accounts. Avoid pro ana sites( that's the hardest part for me right now). If you need someone to talk to I am always here. I understand what your going through I've been through residential too last summer.

I would also tell your support team that you are struggling and that you need support. They are there for you. All they want to do is help them.


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Re: ED and social media. - September 27th 2015, 10:31 PM

Hey there,

First of all, you are beautiful exactly as you are. I know you probably don't see yourself that way and your eating disorder is to blame for that, but you are. You genuinely are.

Watching the weight loss journey of those around you can be difficult, especially when you've struggled with something in that area before. Take some time to consider what's really best for you. Maybe you don't need to give up social media entirely, but simply need to do some filtering. If the weight loss posts are the only aspect of social media that is triggering to you, simply unfollow the people who are posting those types of photos or statuses. Depending on the site you're using, you may even be able to find a way to filter out only weight-loss related posts, so you can continue to enjoy the rest of the content people post without having to completely remove them from your social media. There's nothing wrong with doing that or taking a complete social media hiatus if you find that's what will be best for you. As you continue to recover, you'll find that it is easier to see such posts and will be able to slowly re-introduce the accounts of people posting photos of that nature into your life without feeling triggered or anxious. As with all things recovery, it will just take time.

You've got this! Feel free to message me if you ever need to talk about anything.

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Re: ED and social media. - October 3rd 2015, 09:08 AM

Hi there.

I definitely agree with Sammi on the social media aspect of things. I know it can be really hard to see these things around you so do do some filtering and really consider whether thats the life you want. Do you want a life of this eating disorder or do you want better because I think, with experience, I know what the answer will be. You deserve more than you're eating disorder and you don't deserve to be going through this pain neither. I know its hard but you can do this and get through to the other side okay?

And you are beautiful just the way you are and don't let anyone or your eating disorder tell you otherwise. You don't need to change and actually a lot of beauty comes from within. Stay strong and feel free to message me if you need anything. I believe in you!

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