Our first guest blogger, Emily, shares her experience of adult-onset eating disorder: “My journey now is about the connection between ‘logic’ and all those unbearable complex emotions and feelings I have about food and my body (by which I really mean, myself and my life). I don’t think this is all too different for adult-onset eating disorders than it is for people who fall victim to this when younger.”
For National Writing Day 2020, Orri has launched a contributor section to our blog, meaning that those who have been impacted by an eating disorder can share their experience and thoughts to nurture hope in recovery. Nikki, Orri’s Creative Arts Therapist, shares her thoughts on the power of journaling.
Lizzie, an expert by experience, shares a guest blog about her amazing recovery journey. “It’s not just about eating food, gaining weight, or being discharged from treatment. It’s about re-framing your thoughts, creating new behaviour patterns, developing self-awareness and ultimately, creating a healthy relationship with yourself, your body, and food.”
Our client shares a poem inspired by Men’s Health Week.
“So now we must talk and send out the message
It’s okay not to be okay.
As a man or boy; old or young
We want to hear what you have to say.”
It’s Men’s Health Week, and whilst this week is focusing on keeping men safe during covid-19 and lockdown, we’re going to “add on” the experience of being a man with an eating disorder. About 25% of people experiencing eating disorder symptoms are male, yet there are still considerable barriers for men when attempting to access treatment, and a wide spread lack of knowledge about men who experiences eating disorders generally.
One of our amazing clients shares his experience of being a man with an eating disorder for Men’s Health Week. “It’s perfectly normal to hold anxiety about going into treatment but by taking that crucial first step, I no longer feel like I’m fighting my ED on my own.”