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Eating disorders: when is enough, enough? (Examiner.com)

Eating Recovery Center’s Julie Holland Faylor, MHS, CEDS, Senior Vice President, Business Development, is the National Eating Disorders Examiner. Read an excerpt below from her blog post “Eating disorders: when is enough, enough?" Despite growing eating disorder awareness, these illnesses can confuse and confound the individuals and families touched by anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and related eating disorders. Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that can significantly impair one’s mental clarity and functioning. The brain is starving and the body is malnourished, yet the struggling individual is unwilling to give up the coping mechanism used to manage anxiety, painful emotions, and traumatic experiences. Friends and loved ones often overlook eating disorder warning signs, or if they do recognize symptoms, they often minimize the significance of eating disorder behaviors, don’t know what to do, and/or don’t know how to help. When individuals are unable to help themselves and friends and family don’t know how to help their loved ones, it can be challenging to determine when “enough is enough” and when it is time to pursue eating disorder recovery. When it comes to addressing an eating disorder and when to seek help, consider the following questions: Is your health compromised? Prolonged eating disorder behaviors including restricting, bingeing, purging, and laxative/diuretic abuse can result in the full spectrum of medical instability, from mild weakness and fatigue to cardiac arrest and organ failure. Are your relationships compromised? Withdrawal from friends, family, hobbies, and favorite pastimes is common alongside an eating disorder. Those suffering often feel intense shame;, the illness tends to thrive in secrecy. Additionally, interpersonal conflict can often arise when friends and loved ones express concern over the individual’s health and well-being. Read the full article.

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