Life without Anorexia
My motto is 'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'
My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.
I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.
I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!
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Thursday, August 4, 2016
Alcoholism, Anorexia, Depression and Suicide: How to Break the Cycle
The prevalence of anorexia in conjuncture to alcoholism is something few people consider when learning about eating disorders. The exact statistics are unknown yet as many as 30% of college age girls abstain from eating specifically for the purpose of drinking later.
Combined, alcohol and anorexia can be extremely dangerous, causing organ damage, dehydration, and depression, which can lead a sufferer to consider or even attempt suicide. It is important to catch eating disorders as soon as possible, particularly when combined with alcohol abuse. Here are some possible signs that may indicate someone is struggling with anorexia and alcoholism, which may place them at risk of suicidal ideation.
They ‘Diet’ for Drinking
A common excuse for skipping meals is claiming that they are counteracting the calorie intake from the alcohol. By avoiding food, they do not consume ‘excess’ calories when they binge drink. Sometimes referred to as ‘drunkorexia,’ this preference for drinking over eating is cause for concern.
If someone you know intentionally skips meals in order to drink without excess calorie consumption, you need to act. The longer this behavior continues, the more damaged their bodies will become and the more at-risk for death they will be.
They Use Alcohol to Suppress Appetite
Some people struggling with an eating disorder may turn to alcohol to suppress their appetite, making weight loss seem easier. Consuming alcohol on an empty stomach leads a person to become drunk faster, potentially adding to the addiction.
If the body learns it will experience drunkenness faster without food, it can easily become tempting to repeat the behavior. If you notice a loved one turning to alcohol when they are hungry, particularly if they are foregoing meals in favor of alcohol, it may be necessary to seek help.
They Use Alcohol as a Coping Tactic
Starvation is a very stressful thing to undergo for both the body and mind. Many people with anorexia find themselves searching for a way to reduce their stress, consequently landing on alcohol abuse.
Researchers have also noted that, as the disorder progresses, feelings of anxiety will increase. This also works to guide people with eating disorders toward alcoholism. This symptom can be observed when the person automatically seeks alcohol during times of stress or anxiety.
They Seemed Depressed or Suicidal
People who are already depressed often abuse alcohol as a way to feel better. Alcohol muddles thoughts, averting negative streams of thought. However, people who abuse alcohol are also more likely to develop depression.
The greater depression grows, the more suicidal thoughts they may begin to experience. Furthermore, people with eating disorders are typically struggling with a negative perception of themselves, making them more prone to depression. It is important that this behavior is treated before suicidal tendencies begin to occur.
What Should You Do?
Confronting someone with an eating disorder can be extraordinarily difficult. Many will react defensively or angrily, insisting that they have things under control. While each situation is different, you should always remain calm and avoid accusatory language. This process may take time. Continue to discuss your concerns until your loved one admits they need help. From there, rehabilitation and therapy will be necessary.
Though confrontation can be hard, avoiding intervention can lead to consequences as serious as suicide. People with eating disorders are often experiencing negative self-image and depression. When combined with alcohol, suicide becomes a very serious risk.
Even if suicide is never considered, the damage to a person’s body caused by an eating disorder can still wreak havoc. The longer the person is allowed to damage themselves, the more difficult it will be for their body to recover fully. If someone you care about is showing signs of an eating disorder or body dysmorphia, particularly alongside alcoholism, it is critical that you intervene and ensure they get help.
Jennifer McGregor has wanted to be a doctor since she was little. Now, as a pre-med student, she’s well on her way to achieving that dream. She helped create PublicHealthLibrary.org with a friend as part of a class project. With it, she hopes to provide access to trustworthy health and medical resources. When Jennifer isn’t working on the site, you can usually find her hitting the books in the campus library or spending some downtime with her dog at the local park.
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