The Beginning of Change
Eating disorders are characterized by life-threatening eating patterns. And believe it or not, someone you know may have suffered from (or is still suffering from) an eating disorder. It is that common. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental health disorder.
When someone has an eating disorder, they have distortions in their mind that are hard to change without the help of a mental health professional or doctor. Studies show that genetics may play a part, but societal and individual factors play a big role. But the beginning of lasting change means getting to the root cause.
Eating Disorder Treatment
Inpatient treatment programs work on the issues causing a person’s eating disorder. Whether it’s body dysmorphia, major depression, a traumatic event, or a combination of factors, patients can make true progress when issues are uncovered.
The majority of programs offer nutritional consultations, medical assisted therapy, one-on-one therapy, group counseling, and future planning. Inpatient residential programs monitor patients 24/7, and this can be helpful for people with severe health risks.
Breaking the Silence
One of the most powerful outcomes from treatment is the ability to break the silence. Many people disguise their eating disorders due to shame or the inability to accept reality. Treatment works to break the silence about suffering from eating disorders. The hurt can end in treatment. Eating disorder recovery is possible.
Committing to Self-Acceptance
In today’s world, we can access anything. And with social media, this availability is powerful. It feels like there are no boundaries. However, this access is also harmful because people are portraying visions of altered realities versus actual reality. Social media can make all of us feel inadequate. And this pervasive cultural aspect can hinder recovery.
Even with these obstacles, you must continue to commit to self-acceptance in recovery.
Unfollow or block any account that does not positively help you in your life. Your wellness, health, and goals are all affected by social media. It is a huge influence. Use blocking software or discuss this with your therapist and support group to ensure that you stick to your restricted media plan.
- Be honest about your body image thought patterns.
Now that you have limited social media, you have to voice your issues and thoughts aloud. Work with an empathetic therapist and eating disorder support group. Do not let negativity consume you. Challenge each negative thought. Write it down. Say it aloud. You can overcome your eating disorder.
- Commit to total self-acceptance.
Self-acceptance happens by limiting your media and advertising intake, working in therapy to combat negative thoughts, and believing in yourself and the power of your treatment.
Total self-acceptance is a challenge, but it is a powerful tool that has positive, far-reaching effects not just for you, but for those around you. Self-acceptance is how you rise above toxic patterns. Self-acceptance is how you regain control. It is how change happens in eating disorder recovery.
For more on eating disorder recovery and support, please visit the National Eating Disorders Association for a complete list of resources.