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i feel so alone

I've dealt with this binge eating disorder for over 15 years at this point. I've had my ups and downs, have been in and out of therapy and my weight has fluctuated a lot.

All in all, I think I'm headed in the right direction with recovery but just SOOOOO closely that sometimes I lose sight of the progress. And when I get in these moods, I feel so alone. I have no friends who understand the issues surrounding this problem and I find myself sneaking and hiding stuff from everyone in my life because I just feel so alone with this issue.

This week has been particularly bad, the amount of food I've consumed in an attempt to feel better (only to feel worse) is ridiculous.

Does anyone else feel alone and hopeless? Like, it doesn't matter who I talk to-- I just feel isolated and alone.

I'm so sorry you feel alone.

I'm so sorry you feel alone. I feel that way too a lot. Even though alot of people like family and some friends know I have an eating disorder. The thing is, is they don't understand it. So it can feel pretty lonely at times. But since I've come on here and have read some of the stories of hope, I don't feel as alone as I was. So I hope you keep posting. Talking with people who struggle like you can be very helpful.

You are not alone

Hey leelor2015!

I agree with Melissaah on this one. Talking with people who understand where you're coming from can very helpful during the times you feel the most alone. You have made the first step by reaching out and posting here on the forums.

Have you tried calling the NEDA Helpline to connect with a NEDA Navigator (1.800.931.2237) to discuss your struggles? It's a very valuable resource for people in need of someone to talk to who can understand and relate to their current situation. You are never, ever alone!

Please keep posting to the forums and update us on your progress!

leelor2015 I feel alone as

leelor2015 I feel alone as well. When I binge I feel incredibly guilty and sad. I just tell myself that even though I binged earlier it doesn't mean that the rest of the day is a wash. I can still make healthier decisions.

It's incredible that you're

It's incredible that you're able to keep up such a positive attitude during hard times, and I truly applaud you for that. I'm so sorry that you're struggling alone, but I hope you continue to post on here because there are so many people who want to offer support and encouragement here. Also, you can call the NEDA Helpline at 1-800-931-2237 (M-R 9-9, F 9-5) for additional support.

Stay strong!

You aren't alone. But I can

You aren't alone. But I can understand how you would feel that way. I feel alone too when I'm in a situation where I feel like I have to hide my eating disorder. However, since I have started coming on this site it feels a little less lonely. I hope you are able to connect find support in here.

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