If you struggle with an Eating Disorder, you probably have noticed that you are more inclined to isolate yourself from others. Ever wonder why that is?
Food is a huge part of our culture and our social life. We go to parties and expect food. When we hang out with friends or family, we go to restaurants or are grabbing food wherever it is that we are. It’s a social staple.
This creates an exorbitant amount of anxiety for a person suffering with an Eating Disorder for 2 reasons;
Getting through a social event, whether it’s just a family dinner or it’s a huge party, is difficult when you struggle with an Eating Disorder. Isolation makes it easier for the Eating Disorder to fester and to get worse.
Eating Disorders are like abusive relationships. When someone is suffering with an Eating Disorder, it’s almost as though there’s 2 parts of themselves; their healthy self and then their Eating Disorder self (See BATTLE: Eating Disorder vs Healthy Self) . The Eating Disorder wants to win and it will say and do whatever it takes to win. Part of that is isolating you from friends and family so that they have less influence and less ability to see those behaviors and try to get you help.
If you are struggling with an Eating Disorder, do whatever you can to access your healthy self and reach out to your support system as often as you can.
This is where your Eating Disorder therapist can really help you. The Eating Disorder makes reaching out to get help so hard, but it’s the best thing you can do to increase the power your healthy self!
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