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Coinciding disorders / ed - December 11th 2015, 03:44 PM

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Hi I'm back, last year I was diagnosed with BPD, depression, anxiety and addictive behaviour that go with my BPD. I've been in recovery from selfharming for 9 months now, recently I've been restricting my food intake, and thinking about ways to make up for when I do eat, not self harming is also getting harder instead of easier. I have one on one with my social worker on Monday, me I don't know if I should mention it. My mum suffered anorexia and I'm scared to talk to her because she thinks I'm all better. I've been super down and don't know why this came on. It's been about three weeks, I'm lost and don't know what to do I'm an ex gymnast so already small but I feel terrible about the way I look and really don't know how to approach my thoughts
   
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Re: Coinciding disorders / ed - December 14th 2015, 11:48 AM

Hey!

Sorry for the late response

As you know, mental illnesses have a horrible way of coinciding and so I wouldn't be too surprised that you've found yourself substituting unhealthy coping methods for other unhealthy coping mechanisms! In this way, you have to learn healthy coping strategies to substitute instead. I think it's well worth mentioning this to your social worker! Any support you get is beneficial, and even more so if you let people know the full story.

I imagine you've been taught how to challenge negative thoughts in treatment for your other disorders? That can apply here! For example, you may have been taught methods to distract yourself or change the way you're thinking, or talking to others to help you overcome negative thoughts. Try and apply that here. If you start thinking about how much you hate your body, distract yourself, talk to someone trusted about it, remind yourself that this is a disordered thought and that thoughts are not feelings.

You might find it's helpful to talk to your mum. Is she recovered or in treatment? She might be able to suggest techniques her therapist has reccommended her. Even if not, she loves you, she'll be happier if you open up to her and let her be there for you.

I hope you're doing okay,

Laura



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