How to Overcome an Eating Disorder When You Feel Lost

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What is an Eating Disorder?

What is an Eating Disorder? │ Psych Hub
  • Eating very little food
  • Spending a lot of time worrying about food and body shape
  • Having strict rules around food
  • Avoiding social events if food is involved
  • Your weight is very high or low for your age and height
  • Feeling cold, tired, or dizzy

What are the Different Types of Eating Disorder?

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  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating
  • Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED)
  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • Rumination Disorder

3 Tips to Effectively Manage Eating Disorders

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1. Challenge Negative Thoughts

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  • Challenge the negative thought and replace it with facts.
  • Create coping cards and read them daily whenever you have a negative thought.
  • Label a thought as an “eating disorder thought” to defuse the thinking, so it’s easier to take another actionable step.

2. Engage in Self-Compassion

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  • Find a soothing touch.
  • Have a self-care break.
  • Take a step back.
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Focus on your feet.

3. Seek Professional Support

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  • Outpatient and intensive outpatient treatments
  • Residential treatment
  • Impatient or hospital treatment
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)

How to Overcome an Eating Disorder and When to Ask for Help

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