Does anyone have any tips for overcoming anxiety and panic attacks related to food intake?
For example, I'm capable of water fasting for a week or more, and restricting to very low calorie limits, but I also suffer from bad anxiety and panic attacks, especially about health stuff, but regardless, and it sabotages my efforts by convincing me I'm dying, which can lead to "necessary binges" my mind makes up to "save my life" when I have no serious symptoms.
Sometimes I can get the thoughts to go away, but then if I stick to a low enough calorie intake or a water fast long enough I'll start thinking, "How do I know what's anxiety and panic attacks and what's reasonable fear? I haven't consumed anything but water in almost 13 days, what if I have a heart attack? But I don't want to mess up my progress, I'm doing great and I'm not even hungry."
And I'll be almost forced to eat out of fear and "What if I die or I wait too long to eat and I can't build my levels back up fast enough and die? Isn't it better to just eat now since I might not have the chance later and could drop dead?"
I need help getting over that thought process, but I can't differentiate actual danger from massive anxiety and panic attacks I live with already.