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Feel like I'm beginning to relapse??

So just to give some background I went into recover about 4-5 years ago and stopped professional treatment about 3 years ago. I've had a couple of bumps of course but mostly it's been fine. The past week though I've really struggled, feeling bad about body image again after a long time of not caring. I struggle to eat and when I do it's just fruit or veg, can't stand anything carby, similar to how I used to have 'fear foods'.

I have tried to separate myself from the illness as I normally do but it just isn't working I keep avoiding meals. I fear if I eat I will just feel disgusting. It's making me tired and detached, I feel very alone. I've also made a schedule to keep myself busy.

Any advice would be appreciated but simply someone who gets what I'm going through is more than welcome. Thanks in advance people hope your days are going wonderfully.

you can get through this!

I'm glad you're posting and reaching out for some advice :)
I think I went through something similar a few weeks ago, felt a possible relapse coming on. My advice to get through this time is to try and remember that there are no "bad food," and what you eat isn't who you are. Think back to your time in therapy, and use some of the coping methods that you maybe haven't needed for a few years. Also, try to think past the food and see if there's something else in your life that's upsetting you, and maybe causing you to have negative feelings toward food/body image. Journaling always helped me find the underlying issues.

btw I also started using an app called recovery record when I started to relapse. In the meantime, we'll be here for you. Remember, you are strong and you can get through this!

I can relate

Right now, since March 2016, I began relapsing after 5 years of no symptom use. It's really hard. Have you thought about getting back into professional help? I think that would be the best place to start, but it's great you are reaching out. I will be praying for you.


Just wanted to check in & let you know that you are heard and cared for <3 I'm so sorry you are going through a difficult time. It's always so upsetting when things seem to be going smoothly, then ED rears its head again. What coping strategies have you found helpful in your recovery thus far? I encourage you to lean into whatever helps you work through and fight back those ED thoughts- whether it's journaling or calling someone. Do you have anyone in your life that you have been able to confide in? Maybe it would be beneficial to potentially look into working with a therapist again? Sometimes the need arises back up in certain seasons of our lives and we have to be aware that we may need that extra support again.
Mainly I just want to let you know that we understand & you are never alone. Please keep us posted on how your weekend went and how you are doing. We're here for you!