October 10, 2011

Putting these ideas in practice (Bulimia and Compulsive Over-Eating)

As you read this website, we hope that there are certain ideas that jump out at you.

Most importantly, we hope that the idea of being the master or mistress of your own life, and addressing issues as they emerge, strikes you, and grabs you. It can be difficult to have a clear perspective on our own lives at times, and it can be difficult to make a stand when things are not the way we wish them to be.

At times, we can almost be hypnotised into accepting the status quo even if it is unsatisfactory, or even detrimental to us. Furthermore, it is hard to make the mental jump between an unhappy situation and an eating disorder raising its ugly head. But there is a link between these two things.

The other issue that we hope you take notice is how important addressing maladaptive or unsatisfactory relationships is for your own self healing. Understanding the link between particular relationships and disordered eating patterns is important. However, seeing this link is not enough, you need to do something about it.

To do this, it is crucial that you have support. We call them a “text buddy”, but it can be anyone who is there for you, and can encourage you to make positive changes in your life.

It is essential to not be isolated. Some ways of avoid this isolation is to become active. If you don’t have a job, you may look into volunteering, or alternatively, if you can, get a job. If you are lonely, use the different avenues available to you to connect with others. This might be social networking sites, internet dating, or community groups that are offered in your area.

What we encourage you to try these ideas and see if they work for you. You can use the spreadsheet that is on this website entitled “Bulimia Nervosa & compulsive over-eating worksheet” to track your progress.

Please let us know how you are doing, and what is working for you. Send us your scores after one month. We are here to support you.

Charles Fishman.

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Dr Fishman is the author of 'Enduring Change in Eating Disorders – Interventions with long -term results' (Brunner-Routledge 2004).

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