Before asking for help you need to know, do you have an eating disorder?
This week is eating disorder awareness week. It is necessary to create awareness for this issue because someone is struggling with an eating disorder. Someone is in pain, confused, and needs to know there is help. You may not know you need help.
Today I am discussing about some general symptoms of eating disorders. I am talking about things to look out for and things to consider. Eating disorders suck. It is a living hell. You are consumed with what you are going to eat. You worry about how you will restrict or how you will burn calories.
It begins because you feel fat and your body is disgusting. You want to look a certain way or achieve a certain weight. You worry about having a thigh gap or 6-pack abs. You are willing to do anything to look this way. However it becomes an obsession and you never feel good enough. You worry about the next meal, and when you are not eating you worry about your next meal. You constantly count calories. If you ate too much you worry about how you will burn the calories you consumed. If you have an eating disorder you may experience the following:
- You feel fat. You are not satifised with you body.
- You are currently dieting. You are restricting meals and calories
- You feel fat and disgusting after eating.
- You are depressed. You are not happy. You are in a living hell.
- You hate your body and struggle to love yourself.
- You feel worthless.
- You feel guilty and shamed while eating. You feel this way after eating.
- You hate your body.
- You want to fade away. Maybe if you fall asleep you will not wake up.
- You are scared.
- You are mentally exhausted from fighting yourself all day long.
If you are experiencing these things consider asking for help. Millions of people struggle with eating disorders. Millions of people hate their bodies. You do not have to live in this hell any longer.
Still not sure if you have an eating disorder? Here is a self-assessment, https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/screening-tool. This quick tool is to help you determine if you have an eating disorder and if you should get help. Visit NationalEatingdisorder.org to find help and get more information.
If you find this information helpful please share. This is a very complex issue that cannot be addressed in a 5 minute video, but feel free to ask questions and comment. Perhaps there is something I can help clarify for you.
Do you feel you struggle with an eating disorder? Call Dr. Stephanie and see how you can overcome the cycle.
- Stephanie Waitt, LPC is a psychotherapist in private practice in Sherman, Texas. Stephanie works with young and successful women to help restore balance and peace. She specializes in working with individuals with eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, and depression.