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#1 celine1405

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:03 AM

when did you start getting addicted to the feeling of starving and no longer getting tempted by food, but repulsed by it? how far in the process of restricting were you before this happened? from someone who has struggled with bed and bulimia for years


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:08 AM

yep, because anorexia and eating disorders work just about the same way as addiction to drugs and alcohol.
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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:10 AM

As of recent, again actually. By seeing results and pushing through, and feeling high on life as well.
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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:20 AM

yep, because anorexia and eating disorders work just about the same way as addiction to drugs and alcohol.

yeah exactly, but how long did this take for you to happen?


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:37 AM

As of recent, again actually. By seeing results and pushing through, and feeling high on life as well.

 

yess that is definitely addictive!



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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:48 AM

Anorexia isn't an addiction for one.


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:58 AM

Anorexia isn't an addiction for one.

how do you mean? I know it's not an addiction, it's a mental disease, and I had it for 2.5+ years when I was 13. but that doesn't really change the fact that a lot of anorexics get a high from the feeling of starvation, and i was just asking about that in others? :)


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 11:00 AM

yeah exactly, but how long did this take for you to happen?

well, i’ve had anorexia on and off for 16 years now. i can’t remember how long it took. but as an adult, the addiction became a lot stronger and it’s harder for me to quit and fight the relapse thoughts.

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 11:06 AM

Anorexia isn't an addiction for one.


self harm is an addiction. anorexia can be both a mental illness and addiction.
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Posted 11 June 2021 - 12:44 PM

self harm is an addiction. anorexia can be both a mental illness and addiction.


yes exactly

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 01:58 PM

self harm is an addiction. anorexia can be both a mental illness and addiction.


yes exactly

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 07:04 PM

yep sven letting myself think about food makes me feel fat and lazy ;( 


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 07:06 PM

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 07:41 PM

Idk I have to work extremely hard to stop purging and starve myself and I think I always will. I hate starving and being hungry but keep telling myself I deserve it and need to stop being a pussy and work harder etc etc.

I've lost massive amounts of weight 253 to 140 in about 7 or so months and got to 104 later that year but I'm like a rubber band and start bp

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 07:48 PM

Anorexia isn't an addiction for one.


Personally i would consider it a form of addiction, wether it technically is or isnt.
It is comparable to addiction regardless. You starve, you get a high, you stop starving, the high goes away, so you starve again to get it back. Stuck in constant loop.
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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:08 PM

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It is comparable to addiction regardless. You starve, you get a high, you stop starving, the high goes away, so you starve again to get it back. Stuck in constant loop.

For one, it's compulsive as well, you are *negatively* motivated by guilt. And it only occurs in some people (predominantly women)

 

Not to mention, some anorexics maintain rather than being more extreme.


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:11 PM

that’s actually been a pretty recent side effect for me. for reference im abt a year into my relapse and have lost 50lbs/23kgs. mostly within the last month but i think it’s partially a side effect from my medications as well for me. starving is always addicting but it takes me a while to start finding food gross


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 08:58 PM

Personally i would consider it a form of addiction, wether it technically is or isnt.
It is comparable to addiction regardless. You starve, you get a high, you stop starving, the high goes away, so you starve again to get it back. Stuck in constant loop.


The chemical aspect is part of it-but most of us aren’t just chasing that “high”. For many, starvation is still unpleasant. And if we were just looking for the high but didn’t want to be underweight, wouldn’t we starve for half of the day then eat a large meal to keep our weight up and stay out of the hospital? Obviously there’s a lot more going into it.


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 09:00 PM

self harm is an addiction. anorexia can be both a mental illness and addiction.


It can be an enticing feeling, but even without that feeling, we’d probably still be anorexic. Enjoying stomach rumbling is just a bonus. Besides, I wonder if enjoying the physical symptoms of not eating is more just enjoying the fact that we are “doing well”.


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#20 sailormoonlegs

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 09:16 PM

It can be an enticing feeling, but even without that feeling, we’d probably still be anorexic. Enjoying stomach rumbling is just a bonus. Besides, I wonder if enjoying the physical symptoms of not eating is more just enjoying the fact that we are “doing well”.


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Yeah, definitely.
For me though I do not enjoy the feeling of restricting low. I just can’t stop.

edit to add- the “high” for me is personally seeing the numbers drop and my body shrink. definitely see some of y’all’s points though- anorexia works differently for many.
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