Thanks! And yes! Absolutely ♥
I like to think so…
Brilliant! I’m going to look around but I do love my layout now ;)
Oh nos! I guess I gotta look into this. Thanks for the heads up! ♥
Your ED can’t take away pain or fear. It does not have that capability. It can however numb and distract. But your problems keep existing. That why part of recovery is learning to manage and deal with issues and feelings that would otherwise send you running.
Are you in any sort of therapy now so that you can talk about these things? Social anxiety can be helped. People only learn how to “do life” by doing life. Believing in yourself and keeping your self-critical voice at bay is key.
There is hope ♥
The longer someone struggles with ED, the harder it seems to overcome. After 10 years, your eating disorder probably makes up a large portion of your identity, in your eyes, right? Breaking that down and creating a new identity is a LOT of work. And sometimes it just doesn’t seem worth it…so people stay sick.
Finding meaning and purpose in life - or better yet, creating some - seems to be what finally pushes long-term sufferers towards recovery. After my divorce, I finally realized that what I cared about more than my ED was one day being in a relationship again…and I knew that would never happen as long as I stayed sick. It’s different for everyone. You have to find the one thing that you want, more than thin, numb, controlled (whatever the ED gives you).
I believe EVERYBODY can recover though. I’ve seen people who were sick for 30+ years recover. It takes dedication…and a true belief in your own ability. I believe you can do it. Do you? ♥