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Eating Disorder Recovery

Eating disorders have a negative impact on both physical health and mental health. Stepping away from the grip of an eating disorder requires participation in a multifaceted process of recovery.

Recognizing that something is wrong and that you need help can be difficult for some people, but it is the first step toward recovery. While admitting a problem can be scary, it is important to remember that talking to someone you trust can have a huge impact on the recovery. process.

Recognizing that something is wrong and that you need help can be difficult for some people, but it is the first step towards recovery. While admitting a problem can be scary, it is important to remember that talking to someone you trust can have a huge impact on the recovery process.

The sooner you seek help, the faster you will recover.

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Reasons to Recover from an Eating Disorder

Because your emotions are important and valuable, it is natural to experience a wide range of emotions all at once while you're in recovery. Ambivalence toward your recovery is one of the most common emotions. you may experience conflicting emotions or mixed thoughts about your eating disorder and recovery.

Eating disorders are a destructive tool for dealing with difficult emotions or problems. This is why ambivalence is so common, and why one part of you might want to be attached to your illness, while another part wants you to get out of it. Keep in mind that these are completely normal and is part of the recovery process!

You are not alone in dealing with your eating disorder. It is important to be open and look for support from a trusted person so that you can be more open and free to express how you are feeling.

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Treatment

Eating disorder is not a conscious choice and it is important for you to acknowledge that. Eating disorders sufferer often do not understand about their illness and, as a result, are hesitant to seek treatment. It is critical to detect and treat eating disorders as early as possible in order to avoid a more long-term unhealthy condition.

Types of Disorders

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The Recovery

Your specific eating disorder and symptoms will determine your treatment. It is typically a combination of psychological therapy, diet education, medical monitoring, and, in some cases, medications. Most of the time, the involvement of a professional health team, such as a psychiatrist and a dietitian, is required. It will also include addressing other health issues caused by eating disorders, which can be fatal if left untreated.

You can manage your symptoms and regain a healthy weight with an organized approach to eating disorder treatment. Most eating disorders can be effectively treated at home, but you may need to go to the hospital for a short period of time if you begin to feel unwell. You require health care, and treatment to maximize your chances of full recovery. Your family or others close to you may be involved in your care.

      Where to Start

You can start by seeing your primary care practitioner or mental health professional. However, a professional who specialize in eating disorder treatment will most likely be able to help you. 

  • A mental health professional, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist to provide psychological therapy.

  • A dietitian to provide education on nutrition and meal planning.

  • Medical or dental specialists to treat health or dental problems that result from your eating disorder.

  • Your family or closest adult.

The most important aspect of eating disorder treatment is psychological therapy. It involves visits on a regular basis.

Therapy may last from a few months to years. It can help you to:

  • Improve your eating patterns and achieve a healthy weight

  • Replacing unhealthy habits

  • Learn how to track your eating and your moods

  • Learn healthy  coping strategies for dealing with stressful situations

  • Boost your relationship and mood

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Still comparing your body to other people on social media?
 

You might look at yourself and start comparing to other people you see on social media at some point. While comparing yourself to others can be motivating, it can also lead to insecurities and self-doubt. With unlimited access to social media that constantly exposes us to the things that we expected to be, or what is commonly referred to as ‘goals,' it is very easy for us to devalue ourselves.

Have you heard about “comparison is the death of joy”? Several studies back up this words. According to studies, comparing promotes unhealthy thoughts and feelings while also interrupting with our ability to trust others. While downward comparison can be beneficial to one's self-esteem, it comes at a cost. You've crossed a dangerous line when comparing causes you to devalue yourself or others.

Overthinking about someone who is better than you wastes time and is useless. Being too hard on ourselves drains our motivation and lowers your self goal. To live a full live, you must dedicate your time and energy to your own values and use it to measure your achievements rather than those around you.

 Rachel Spencer, a self-love influencer who is recently named one of the “Top 50 Influencers Redefining Body Image” by VeryWell quoted :

 

“Positive body image starts with us. It’s up to us to show our children and future children how to love ourselves and our bodies.”

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