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#41 caitlyn22

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 02:39 PM

i started feeling happier when i restrict and starve myself years ago and its ust gotten stronger as i got older


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Posted 13 June 2021 - 01:00 AM

And again, to bring up another point to save unnecessary explanations that we already agree on for the most part.

Both OP and I never said Anorexia is an Addiction. Like an addiction, similar to addiction. My original comment said “just about the same way”, as in, “almost exactly”. Starving “as a drug”, not starving is a literal drug. There is a real scientifically explained high you get from restricting, viewing your emaciated body. Etc. There is a hormone released in your brain when you feel these things. That hormone feels good, not the eating disorder and not the drugs.

I understand addiction can be a sensitive and triggering topic for many and y’all just want to make sure people are properly educated. Not mad or trynna be rude just trying to help y’all understand the perspective I’m speaking from, trust me when I say I hear what y’all are saying but anorexia is very complex and it is similar to an addiction for many- i know a lot of older people with ED’s that consider it an additional addiction at NA meetings.

 

I would call EDs an addiction. General signs of addiction are:

 

  • inability to stay away from a substance or behavior
  • decreased socialization, like abandoning commitments or ignoring relationships
  • ignoring risk factors, like sharing needles despite potential consequences
  • physical effects, like withdrawal symptoms or needing higher dosage for effect


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Posted 13 June 2021 - 01:17 AM

It kind of comes and goes. I've noticed for myself that when I restrict too long that euphoria eventually turns to anxiety and depression. Usually having a day of eating substantially more will kind of "reset" me. Then when I go back to fasting or low restricting again I get the euphoric feeling.
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Posted 13 June 2021 - 04:32 AM

It kind of comes and goes. I've noticed for myself that when I restrict too long that euphoria eventually turns to anxiety and depression. Usually having a day of eating substantially more will kind of "reset" me. Then when I go back to fasting or low restricting again I get the euphoric feeling.


That makes a lot of sense!

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 05:38 AM

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I would call EDs an addiction. General signs of addiction are:

  • inability to stay away from a substance or behavior
  • decreased socialization, like abandoning commitments or ignoring relationships
  • ignoring risk factors, like sharing needles despite potential consequences
  • physical effects, like withdrawal symptoms or needing higher dosage for effect

Agreed!

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 08:56 AM

That does make sense, I feel that too!

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 11:22 AM

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 13 June 2021 - 03:15 PM

Makes sense!’



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Posted 13 June 2021 - 03:39 PM

I would get off when I felt hunger. Feeling weak, light headed, my stomach rumbling... The power trip was unreal
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Posted 14 June 2021 - 06:46 AM

I would get off when I felt hunger. Feeling weak, light headed, my stomach rumbling... The power trip was unreal


Oh yeah I definitely know that feeling

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Posted 14 June 2021 - 08:24 AM

I would get off when I felt hunger. Feeling weak, light headed, my stomach rumbling... The power trip was unreal


Oh yeah I definitely know that feeling


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