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Eating Disorders

What is an Eating Disorder

An eating disorder is a mental health condition characterized by abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person's physical and mental health. types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulia nervosa, binge eating disorder. It important to seek professional help if you or someone know is struggling with an eating disorder.

Types of Eating Disorders

Bulimia

Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by pur. People with bulimia often feel a lack of control during their binge episodes and then try to compensate for the overeating by inducing vomiting, using laxatives, or engaging in excessive exercise. It is a serious mental health condition that requires professional treatment.

If you are experiencing Bulimia, you may feel...

Shameful and Guilty 

Bulimia can be a difficult and isolating experience, and it's common to feel guilty and ashamed.

Hatred towards your body

Bulimia can cause feelings of hatred towards your body. The cycle of binge and purging can lead to physical discomfort and negative emotions, which can contribute to a negative body image and self-esteem. 

You may feel like you are Fat

Bulimia can cause individuals to feel fat due to the binge-purge cycle that can lead to weight fluctuations and body dysmorphia.

Feel scared of others finding out

Bulimia can cause fear of family and friends finding out about their symptoms. 

Depressed and anxious

Bulimia can cause feelings of depression and anxiety. The physical emotional toll of the disorder lead to a range of negative emotions, including low self-esteem, guilt, and shame. 

Lonely 

Bulimia can indeed cause feelings of loneliness. The secrecy and shame associated with the disorder can lead to social isolation, while the physical and emotional toll it takes can it difficult to maintain relationships.

Quick or sudden changes in your mood

Bulimia can cause fluctuations in mood. The binge-purge cycle can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety, which affect a person's emotional state. Additionally, the physical effects of bulimia, such as electrolyte imbalances, can also contribute to mood changes. 

Numb

Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet. This may due to a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the body, which can occur as a result of purging behaviours. It's important to seek professional help if you're experiencing any symptoms related to bulimia.

Physical symptoms of Bulimia...

Eating lots of food in one sitting (binge) 

You may binge to reduce stress and ease anxiety.

Go through daily cycles of eating, feeling guilty, purging, feeling hungry and eating again.

Binge on foods that you think are bad for you 

Starve yourself in between binges 

Eat in Secret 

Crave only certain types of food

Tyr to get rid of food you've eaten (purge) by making yourself sick, using laxatives or exercising a lot. 

Anorexia 

Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight, a distorted image, and a persistent restriction of food intake. It can lead to severe physical and mental health problems, and in some, can be life. It's important to seek professional help if you or someone know is struggling with anorexia.

If you are experiencing Bulimia, you may feel...

Shameful and Guilty 

Bulimia can be a difficult and isolating experience, and it's common to feel guilty and ashamed.

Hatred towards your body

Bulimia can cause feelings of hatred towards your body. The cycle of binge and purging can lead to physical discomfort and negative emotions, which can contribute to a negative body image and self-esteem. 

You may feel like you are Fat

Bulimia can cause individuals to feel fat due to the binge-purge cycle that can lead to weight fluctuations and body dysmorphia.

Feel scared of others finding out

Bulimia can cause fear of family and friends finding out about their symptoms. 

Depressed and anxious

Bulimia can cause feelings of depression and anxiety. The physical emotional toll of the disorder lead to a range of negative emotions, including low self-esteem, guilt, and shame. 

Lonely 

Bulimia can indeed cause feelings of loneliness. The secrecy and shame associated with the disorder can lead to social isolation, while the physical and emotional toll it takes can it difficult to maintain relationships.

Quick or sudden changes in your mood

Bulimia can cause fluctuations in mood. The binge-purge cycle can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and anxiety, which affect a person's emotional state. Additionally, the physical effects of bulimia, such as electrolyte imbalances, can also contribute to mood changes. 

Numb

Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet. This may due to a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the body, which can occur as a result of purging behaviours. It's important to seek professional help if you're experiencing any symptoms related to bulimia.

Ways to help Reduce Symptoms

Bipolar disorder can be a challenging condition to manage, but there are ways to symptoms and improve quality of life. Some strategies medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and support from loved ones. It's important to work with a healthcare professional to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs. With the right approach, it's possible to live well with bipolar disorder.

Advice for Family and Friends

Don't pressure them

Putting pressure on someone with bipolar disorder can be harmful. It can trigger episodes of mania or depression and worsen symptoms. It's important be patient, understanding, and supportive of their needs.

Try to Understand

Being sympathetic and trying to understand the thoughts and feelings of someone with bipolar disorder can make a huge difference in their life. It can help them feel understood and supported, which can lead to better management of their symptoms. By showing empathy and being patient, you can help create a safe and positive environment for them to thrive in.

Ask how you can help 

Asking how you can help someone experiencing bipolar disorder can be helpful. It shows that you care and are willing to support them. However, it's important to approach the conversation with empathy and understanding, and to be open to their needs and preferences.

Support them to seek help and advice

If you want to help someone with bipolar disorder reach out for help, the first step is to let them know that you're there for them and that you care. Encourage them to seek professional help, such as therapy counselling, and offer to help them find resources if needed. Be patient and understanding, and avoid minimizing their feelings or pressuring them to do anything they're not comfortable with. Remember that everyone's journey is different, and the most important thing is to support them their efforts to manage their symptoms.

Look after yourself

When supporting someone with bipolar disorder, it's important to prioritize your own self-care as well. This can include setting boundaries, taking breaks when needed, and seeking support from others. Remember that you can't pour from an empty cup, so taking care of yourself will ultimately benefit both you and the persons you're supporting.

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