How Stress Affects Those Struggling With An Eating Disorder

2011-03-18-11-10-52-199x300We have all experienced situations at some point in our lives that were new and somewhat challenging.  They may have happened years ago or possibly just yesterday, yet, regardless of the time that has passed, we can often vividly recall the feelings that accompanied these situations with a remarkably strange realness.

Recent moves, loss of a job, or the start o f a new career, a breakup of a close relationship, failing a class, graduating, or maybe losing something valuable are some of the typical stressors that many experience on a frequent basis.  Various responses occur when these types of situations present; the mood we are in at the time these events occur can impact our immediate experience.  For example, if we are in a “down” mood and something unsettling happens, we may view it as more negative than if we had been in a “good” mood at the time.  As stress escalates, our immune system can become negatively impacted, leaving us less equipped to deal with everyday life’s ups and downs.

Such is life, unless you have an eating disorder.  When Anorexia, Bulimia, or a Binge Eating Disorder is already creating struggles in someone’s life, negative events can throw this individual into a downward spiral.  This trend frequently becomes an ongoing pattern and is difficult to turn around.  This may mean more restricting, increased self-defeating thoughts and behaviors, or perhaps over-exercising, just to mention a few.

However, even though this is a familiar pattern, it does not mean it is the way life has to be.  All those who suffer with the awfulness of Anorexia, Bulimia, or a Binge Eating Disorder, can be at great risk.  However, no one has to continue this dark path, nor do they have to tread this path alone.  Through great effort and appropriate care the eating disorder can be interrupted and Recovery is possible.   This statement is not in any way meant to minimize the severity or pervasiveness of eating disorders but is offered to honor the efforts of those who fight the daily life threatening battle with Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorders.

If you or a loved one are struggling with an eating disorder, don’t wait any longer to reach out for help! Call us today to speak to a caring, qualified representative!

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