Coping with the Loss of Yourself During Your Eating Disorder Recovery

Behaviors exhibited in eating disorders from binge eating to starving and over-exercise are coping mechanisms for dealing with negative emotions. When entering treatment, you are forced to be confronted with these emotions. Like other illnesses, you can go through stages of grief that need to be managed. Denial, anger, bargaining, and depression are common stages of the grief process and each needs to be dealt with in ways unique to you in order to achieve acceptance and follow the road to recovery.

Key Takeaways:

  • Individuals hide their emotions in an effort to cover up their past traumas or poor coping skills that weren’t properly developed during childhood.
  • Entering eating disorder treatment and recovery provides you with the skills to learn to regulate and express emotions in healthy ways.
  • Anger, denial, and grief are all common emotions that are expressed while in recovery and can be extremely overwhelming.

“Letting go of your eating disorder means you are letting go of your self-control over body image and food.”

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