Here you will find articles that address various emotional, physical, behavioral and spiritual symptoms that are often part of the eating disorder experience.


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How Is Your Vision? Anorexia Is Associated with Eye Damage

 maculaResearch is showing that fading vision is part of the anorexia experience.

Anorexia deteriorates the body like a fast forward of the aging process.  We now know that 17 year old girls with severe anorexia can have the fragile bones of what used to be considered a symptom of old age: osteoporosis . What my physiology professor at UCLA called "over forty eyes" when he reached for his reading glasses, is becoming noticeable in women of all ages who starve. How is your vision lately?

Full Bulimia Episode Story in 5 parts: Caution could be Triggering Part 5

This story is my attempt to bring understanding to this painful, desperate and all too common experience in the life of a bulimic woman. It could be triggering.  I wrote this because articulating the extent of a bulimic episode in detail can help a woman know she can be understood and accepted. If she can feel known in her darkest hours she may experience a new sense of hope and reach for her recovery.


 Day 8 continued You quietly let yourself in to your apartment. You run water in the bathroom to hide sound. You throw up the doughnuts. Exhausted, you collapse on the bed, fully clothed, on top of the covers and pass out.

Panic Attack Can be Part of Your Eating Disorder Experience

Panic Attack and Eating DisordersAn OMG panic attack experience gives you more information about what's happening to you than the numbness an eating disorder provides.

 "The Panic Attack Symptoms Nobody Talks About" by Rachel Gearinger is a short, well written and candid article that may have powerful significance if you have or had an eating disorder.

Eating disorders can create a psychological numbness that dulls your senses and, for a short time, relieves panic. But you don't feel relief. You feel nothing.That dullness or numbness could be a 
form of depersonalization and/or derealization, a little discussed aspect of panic.

Eating Disorder Relapse or Recovery Opportunity?

Eating Disorder Relapse or Recovery Opportunity?Light and clarity are near. Hold on. Storms pass.

During this pandemic women write they fear they are having an eating disorder relapse. They report that they are binge eating. They report that they are worthless and doomed to failure.  They do not recognize recovery in action.  

If you are feeling eating disorder storms and believe you are in the midst of an eating disorder relapse, you can learn to respond with recovery thinking.

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