Recognising eating disorders as a mental health issue

It’s estimated between 1.25-3.4 million people in the UK have an eating disorders. Of which 10% suffer with anorexia nervosa.

Nikki Graham who sadly died yesterday was just one of them.

Having an eating disorder is a mental health condition, but one that comes with so much shame and judgement.

As with all mental health issues, it’s not something that can be ignored. We need to talk more about our feelings, our inner most thoughts and we need to learn to care not judge. To support not tear down. We also need to realise that self care isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Not many people know but I was anorexic when I was 16
My family spotted the signs but no-one tried to find out why. Instead I was held and force fed three times a day. This led to me becoming bulimic (much easier to hide)

It was only when I got the right treatment for me & met my now husband that I could understand why I felt the way I did and how I could with time change my thoughts & inner feelings and learn to love me!

The only reason I’m sharing this, is to say to anyone struggling there is a help available so please reach out.

For me I’m truly greatful for a pychotherapist, who gave me a voice and taught me how and why I should use it. To this day, I’m a truly greatful. Being able to visual confront very painful memories and take back my control, was life changing.

Don’t get me wrong, you are never cured from an eating disorder, it’s there in the back of your mind but I’ve now been free of the disease for 10 years and for the first time in 50 years, I love the me inside.

Published by Natural self Clare

Mum, wife, daughter & friend. I'm also a self-care & anxiety practioner. I`ve overcome child abuse, eating disorders and will always be a mental health warrior. Im also married to an amazing man, who suffered a emotional breakdown 6 years ago which resulted in social anxiety disorder (a battle he is beginning to win). I also have an amazing beautiful teen daughter who has high function autism. Mental health affects so many of us and manifests itself differently in each of us as we are all unique. Writing my thoughts down and practising self care every day has been my saving grace I hope with time, this blog will help anyone who needs support and allows me an outlet when my life becomes overwhelming. Feel free to comment anytime, as its important we all learn to share what we are dealing with and our misguided thinking. x

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