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Eating Disorders If you or someone close to you is struggling with an eating disorder, reach out here to ask questions or to receive support for recovery.

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Is that possible? - July 10th 2010, 05:16 PM

I'm not forcing myself to throw-up food anymore, so it's not a physical eating disorder.

But is it possible to have a mental eating disorder?
Because I was just noticing this morning that I'm so insecure about my stomach and my body. I can't stand it and I'm always thinking the worst things about it and always telling myself to go back to bulemia.
I'm just extremely ashamed of my body.

Is it possible to have a mental eating disorder?


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Re: Is that possible? - July 10th 2010, 06:09 PM

Hey Kayla,

Eating disorders are not just about the behaviors--they're about what goes on in your head. So the answer to your question is, yes. It's still an ED if you're still having all of the distorted thoughts, the negative thoughts, the negative self-talk, etc. That is definitely still part of your ED. I am so proud of you for not purging right now! That's incredible and I hope you're feeling good about that. It takes a little bit longer to make the thoughts stop, because it's not as simple as "Just don't think that way", as you know. It takes time to work through the thought patterns. Are you seeing a therapist or anyone? They can help you work with the thoughts to get to a more positive and comfortable place.

Keep heading forward--you're making progress, it just takes some time--but the fact that you have stopped the physical behaviors is wonderful!
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Re: Is that possible? - July 10th 2010, 07:17 PM

Thanks so much for your reply Jen :]

It tooks some time to stop the physical actions but I got over them and I'm still on the road to recovery obviously.
No, I'm not currently seeing a counelor or anyone. I used to, but I stopped going because my parents thought I was bettr. I wasn't, but I didn't want to tell them that. No parents want to hear that. Haha. So I just went on like I was fine, and eventually I grew the "will power" to stop purging. I used to talk about it with my school counselor but since it's summer, I can't and I'm going up the highschool anyways so I'll have a new counselor that I probably won't feel as comfortable talking to. If things get any worse though or they start to go down-hill, I'll be sure to check in with the doctors and ask for a referal to another counselor.

I really just want to get better now.


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