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Am I being ridiculous again? - October 23rd 2017, 08:59 PM

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I struggle with serious anxiety problems but for the last year or so one of my rituals with my eating disorder is squeezing my belly fat on my belly and thinking eww. I still do this even though I am very far down the line of recovery I guess it's just something my messed up brain likes to do I do it to other parts of my body to feel the fat on me. I do it on a regular basis now my question is.

Would this possibly stretch my belly if I keep squeezing it like that I sometimes do it up to 4 times a day not because I'm relapsing it's just a ritual now I don't do it to hard just enough to feel my body would it hurt any of my organs. I spoke to my mum about this and she looked at my body and said it looks fine but I am just really worrying about this right now I worry about some really stupid and unrealistic things sometimes. sorry for the weird question but I just feel really worried about it is it possible I don't know I wouldn't imagine it is.


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Re: Am I being ridiculous again? - October 23rd 2017, 10:10 PM

well i'm not a doctor but maybe i can help a little.

the human skin is very stretchable and can endure a LOT of things so there's nothing really to worry about. i get the ritual thing by the way. sometimes those are just things you do because you've been doing them so many times that you've gotten used to doing them. i'd call that muscle memory.

but yeah, none of this is going to cause damage to your organs. they're not squeezed in there like tuna in a can, so there's still a lot of space and organs can't rip so quickly besides if it's hitting them directly (like a stab with a knife or something). i'd still be careful though and should you ever experience anything like a sudden extreme stomach pain or a sudden bad stinging pain, i wouldn't wait to go to a doctor. some people do wait weeks to finally see a doctor just to find out that they could've lost their lives if they didn't go. so i'd say you can safely do it, just be careful of warning signs like sudden stinging pain in the abdomen combined with pain in the right leg, or sudden stinging pain in the stomach area in general (the sort of pain that leaves you hunched over and crying).

those are extreme cases though so i think you should be fine. i'd advice you to maybe seek a doctor and ask him about it, as well as get yourself checked to make sure you're not really causing any damage to your stomach.

also, it surely isn't a stupid question. wondering about things is only natural and just remember that you can ask as much as you like, you will never be judged here.






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Re: Am I being ridiculous again? - October 25th 2017, 03:02 PM

I don't think this behavior could hurt you physically, but it's definitely influencing your emotional state towards your body. I would talk to your treatment team about finding alternatives when you are feeling this way. Honestly positive self talk can feel silly, but maybe when you're tempted to squeeze your belly and say negative things to it, you could try positive affirmations instead, like "I am worthy of recovery" or "I am fine just the way I am." It's a small way to try to break these negative thinking cycles.


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Re: Am I being ridiculous again? - October 26th 2017, 06:08 AM

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I don't think this behavior could hurt you physically, but it's definitely influencing your emotional state towards your body. I would talk to your treatment team about finding alternatives when you are feeling this way. Honestly positive self talk can feel silly, but maybe when you're tempted to squeeze your belly and say negative things to it, you could try positive affirmations instead, like "I am worthy of recovery" or "I am fine just the way I am." It's a small way to try to break these negative thinking cycles.

This is really excellent advice. Back when I was in treatment they talked a lot about positive affirmations and redirecting negative thoughts and behaviors. You recognize that this is something that you do so the next step would be redirecting and doing something a bit more positive.

It can be hard to do at first but the more you do it the easier it can get. It is likely you will have days where it is a bit harder to redirect yourself and, on those days, maybe you could reach out to friends, family or your treatment team.


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