National Eating Disorders Association

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I was just wondering if anyone is recovering on their own. For me i find that when i allow myself to take as much time as i need to do certain things my stomach is more receptive to food. The only problem is that this proccess is both healing but also agonizing. It would take me forever to get up in the morning, for example. I guess the best way to explain it is like a walking meditation, or eating meditation and kind of feels more like a relaxed lethargy. This is where it would take a long time to do a certain task. It's very affective and healing because i become very conscious of my body, but i end up falling back because it can be so daunting and i just quit and stop eating all together. I haven't fully completed like a week or couple days of it even though i know this is the best way for me to recover. I've been dealing with my ED (alone) for so many years. I've tried many different ways to recover and i would just love for it to be over. I am not that good at explaining it but I was just wondering if anyone was going though the same proccess. Also, this place has been so helpful. They really get it. I called for the first time yesterday and i appreciated it so much. It inspired me to write this which I've never thought id do. Thank you everyone and have a happy recovery.


Hi, thank you for posting. Please take a look at our community guidelines here: As an organization, we believe that recovery is possible and we recommend seeking help from a professional (eating disorders specialist) as going through this alone is quite difficult and isnt' something that we would recommend. You mentioned some concerning symptoms so we are just posting this list. The following are just some of the signs of a serious problem that demands immediate medical attention:• accidentally or deliberately caused themselves a physical injury• become suicidal• confused thinking and is not making any sense• delusions (false beliefs) or hallucinations (experiencing things that aren’t there)• disoriented; doesn’t know what day it is, where they are or who they are• vomiting several times a day or has uncontrollable vomiting or diarrhea• experiencing dizziness or fainting spells• too weak to walk or collapses• painful muscle spasms• complaining of chest pain or having trouble breathing• blood in their bowel movements, urine or vomit• a body mass index (BMI) of less than 16• an irregular heartbeat, and fast heartbeat, or very low heart beat (less than 50 beats per minute)• cold or clammy skin indicating a low body temperature or has a body temperature of less than 35 degrees Celsius/95 degrees FahrenheitOr any other serious medical concernsIf you experience anything on here, we highly recommend seeking medical attention as soon as possible. Another option is 911. Seek medical help soon on an outpatient basis if you:• have significant heartburn and/or a burning sensation after eating• have other gastrointestinal concerns• have high blood pressure• struggle with significant joint or muscle pain• have difficulty sleeping (falling and/or remaining asleep)• struggle with fatigue, sudden weight gain, and/or hair loss• have frequent urination or unquenchable thirst• have gained and lost significant weight repeatedly• have gained significant weight in a short period of time• struggle with chronic diarrhea or constipationIf you’re looking for resources, please feel free to contact the Helpline at (800) 931-2237. The Helpline is open Mondays-Thursdays 9AM-9PM EST and Fridays 9AM-5PM EST. During these hours you can chat with us also by clicking the chat now option at the top right hand corner!  Please continue posting!  


These people at NEDA on all the forums, all the chat rooms, and all the helplines are here to help! Don't ever think that you're not alone! This whole website is an entire community of people who want to help or want to recover. Keep pressing on, and (like the administrator suggested) seek professional help! It can be a hard struggle with an ED and it is even harder trying to recover on your own. I have used their helplines, and they are very helpful, so I would suggest trying them for yourself. Please reach out to someone, this is a process no person should have to face alone, no matter how capable they are.
Best of luck to you and your recovery, reach out to someone, and keep posting
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