Recovering from an eating disorder is not an easy feat to accomplish. Trying to do so while simultaneously keeping up a front, pretending that everything is fine, and hiding my struggles from the rest of the world only adds stress and interferes with my recovery. Having to come up with excuses for my absences as I go to therapy sessions, nutrition counseling, and doctor appointments weekly, masking the utter panic I feel as I attempt to conquer my fears…I am constantly hiding what makes me stronger, concealing the conflict within.
I sometimes think…I am the only one? There must be someone, anyone, who can sympathize, support, and strengthen me? I can’t be the only one who has fallen prey to anorexia’s grasp…or am I? Can we be brave enough to own up to our challenges, and come together to support each other? We don’t have to suffer in silence…do we?
Absolutely. You are strongly encouraged to be open and unashamed to discuss your challenge with all your family and friends.
You are definitely not the only one unfortunately eating disorders aren’t that rare. Neither is fear of speaking about it and stigma. Sure some people probably won’t know how to react and say stupid and insensitive things, even if you are careful who you tell. But if you do speak to people you are bound to find others who have gone through it too. If not the people you talk to then people they know. Hatzlacha
It’s insane how many things are so stigmatized, mostly because of shidduchim. Everyone has something that they can’t talk about because it will damage their reputation.
I would love to start some kind of support group. i understand that most people would prefer to remain anonymous, and I am more than willing to keep it that way. I feel like a lot of people who are struggling with this would benefit from some kind of support system outside of their immediate family. The only problem is that I am at a loss on how to start such a program. Any ideas?
I have no experience with your specific issue, but I have seen some of the Jewish publications tackle sensitive emotional and psychiatric issues. Perhaps you would consider writing a letter to the editor with your story and ideas for a support group, and provide an email address where people can contact you and in that way, you can start a support group.
You can try asking Google.