Eating Disorder article from: Eating Disorder Nation
An eating disorder, like any addiction, is three-fold in nature. That means that the addiction affects you in three ways: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Identifying how your eating disorder affects you in those areas may be hard. Unless you see a doctor, health consequences resulting from your eating disorder may go undetected. When you are in your addiction, you are most likely using it as a way to escape your emotions. So emotionally you may feel numb a good part of the time. Or, on the other hand, you may be overwhelmed by your emotions. And spiritually (not necessarily in a religious sense), you may have lost faith in a lot of things, and any sense of peace may be gone.
For example, in my case, physically my eating disorder caused weakness, stomach issues, osteopenia, hair loss, malnutrition, muscle deterioration, and fatigue. Emotionally my eating disorder made me very moody and irritable. I was paranoid a lot of the time, bitter, and in denial. I was also very pessimistic and immature. Spiritually I had no sense of peace or belonging. I had lost faith in a higher power and felt that I would never find happiness.
It’s important in recovery to pay attention to these three things. Pinpointing how your eating disorder affects these things will help you stay in long term recovery!
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