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BlueSofaPinkLamp Sat 18-Mar-17 17:01:29

I'm currently receiving counselling for recovery from bulimia and have done almost a year of cbt too, both which have helped but I still slip into old ways and every couple of weeks have a massive binge and spend all day binging/purging.

What was it for you that helped you to finally become free of your eating disorder, or at least to be in control of it?

I have stopped restricting myself as I know it worsens it, i find it so hard to know any binges will make me gain weight though as I can't put myself through the restriction to lose it again. My BMI is probably just over 20 so I'm not overweight but I have got so used to being slim and can't stand the thought of putting weight on. I do sometimes wonder if this is what is holding me back from getting past this last bit of recovery.

BlueChairs Tue 09-May-17 02:14:46

I didn't .. 7 years on

EMSMUM16 Sat 03-Jun-17 08:37:35

So sorry to hear you are struggling. I think maybe find a local support group that helps you see yourself as starting to recover or a good therapist?. I aporeciate its hard though. I expect the ED has such a hold on you that its hard to see yourself differently. You need to start to like/love yourself for who you are. Easier said than done for most of us but you are a worthy person who deserves a healthy life x

CaulkheadUpNorf Sun 04-Jun-17 07:39:36

Psychotherapy. Same therapist for 6 years.

StormyIsland Sun 16-Jul-17 11:33:27

CaulkheadUpNorf can I ask you if you went private with the psychotherapy and what type was it? Psychodynamic? Just in the process of trying to decide which road to take.

BlueSofaPinkLamp Sun 16-Jul-17 13:59:02

Seeing this has prompted me to reply again.

I'm pleased to say I've been purge free for just over 7 weeks now, I'm still not entirely there but I am in a much better place mentally. I've been seeing a new therapist who specialises in eating disorders so that has helped a lot. I've got a long way to go, as I am still abusing food at times and I do end up binging once a week/fortnight, but there is definitely progress!

WoodAnenome Wed 13-Sep-17 21:47:44

I was anorexic and bulimic for a few years from about age 16 - 20. I refused to go to the Doctor and after a few years of eating less and less I hit "rock bottom", which for me was when I stood on the bathroom scale one day and saw that I weighed 4 stone. I knew instantly that I was not in control and that I was in danger and there and then I changed course. I started eating properly, joined a gym and started to and take pride in making my body as fit and strong as I could.

I hope this helps. I never had any professional help but maybe if I had things wouldn't have got as bad as they did.

BlueSofaPinkLamp Wed 13-Sep-17 22:33:38

Welldone for recovering by yourself, that must have taken a lot of determination.

I'm pleased to say that I'm still making progress, my therapist is great and I'm still seeing her weekly. I have purged once in just over 14 weeks, and whilst I still use eating as a coping mechanism for stress once every week or two, I am a million times better at dealing with it the rest of the time and my eating habits are generally much, much better.

I have put on a bit of weight, no idea how much as I threw my scales out, but I don't care. I've realised I'm worth more than a number and my weight doesn't define me (which I realise sounds like a bit of a cliche!).

I started taking fluoxetine back in Early June and I think that was key to my recovery, I hadn't realised how down I had become and it lifted my mood and gave me enough clarity to really start working through my issues.

I'm not completely there yet but I am confident I'll get there, I never thought I'd get to this stage so I feel anything is possible now.

Caulkheadupnorf Fri 15-Sep-17 11:07:05

Sorry, didn't see your reply to me. Integrative psychotherapy. I've tried many therapists in the past but it just clicked with this one. It took a few years for my eating to improve, it wasn't an immediate change though

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