If you do suffer from anorexia, it is important to know that left untreated, your self-imposed starvation can be life-threatening. But the very fact that you may be reading this suggests that you accept and wish to overcome your problem- which is actually, half the battle won.
We understand that deciding to control anorexia is a difficult choice in itself- because at the core, your anorexia has been helping you fulfill a deeper emotional need- insecurity, low self-esteem or a relentless quest for perfection, and in that sense, it might have become your “friend”. But remember, anorexia kills!
It may seem to have overpowered you existence so much that you have no means of controlling it, but you’re not alone. With support from family and friends, it is possible to recover from anorexia and bounce back into a happy, normal life.
Face the problem
The first step to recovery is to acknowledge the disastrous effects anorexia has caused to your physical and emotional being. Don’t hide behind an illusion any longer- admit that your pursuit of thinness is beyond your control- trust me, no matter how thin and reedy you get, you will never feel skinny enough! So ditch the futile chase and confront your problem.
It is difficult to talk to someone when all the while you’ve been hiding your eating habits from people. But remember it is this shame, secrecy and denial that has helped such a deadly condition to thrive within you. Talk to someone whom you trust- the person should be a good listener, someone you’ll find comfort in.
Avoid anything that fuels your obsession with “being thin”
You are beautiful the way you are- avoid people, places, magazines, websites and any activities that trigger anorexia or anorexic thoughts.overcome it”
Understand that your fear of “gaining weight” is just a symptom
The idea of “gaining weight” may seem frightening, but research shows the closer you get to a normal weight, the better your chances of recovery. Please understand that the obsession with losing weight is just another of your anorexia symptoms – the very disorder you want to combat.
Increase your awareness about anorexia
Read more about the disorder, talk to people who’ve lived the condition and overcame it.
Being honest- with yourself and your treatment team- is the secret to anorexia recovery. Identify the real triggers behind the disorders. Unmask and confront your emotional needs and insecurities- your loved ones are there, to help you find more constructive ways of dealing with them.
Seek professional help
Consulting trained professionals who treat eating disorders will help you rid your problem. Treatment will entail working with a team of loved ones, nutritionists, counselors, doctors and psychologists, to bring speedy recovery.
An anorexia diagnosis happens when your weight is at least 15% less than what it should be. Thereafter, options for anorexia nervosa treatment involve the best combination of medication, psychotherapy, nutrition counseling and group/family therapy. If the patient’s body weight is critically low, hospitalization may be occasionally required.