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    I saw my therapist on Friday and I think he was trying to scare/shock me into recovery. He was saying things like 'anorexia is a slow form of suicide' and 'you know you could die from this' etc, loads of stuff I've heard before. Then he said 'you know people never completely recover from EDs', which seemed really pointless when he's trying to encourage me to recover. I've read lots of stuff about EDs and everyone who says they've recovered admits that they're still not 'normal' around food, but they've found a way to make it manageable.
    So, I'm wondering, have any of you recovered from EDs and would you consider yourselves fully recovered? It scares me to think that I can never go back to how I was pre-ED I would give anything to be normal again.
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    i think its like alcoholism... you can be in recovery, but are always at high risk of being tempted back in to the danger zone again. my cousin had serious anorexia for around 4 years. she now eats "normally" and is at a healthy weight, but at times of stress, reverts back into some anorexic ways for a short time. so i guess no, in that case, she is not fully recovered, but lives in 'recovery'.
    it is one of the hardest things to be 100% free from, cos its thoughts set deep in to your mind, which control you, and you place great importance on. and cos its something physical you can see (eg weight gain) its a constant reminder.
    hang in there, you can be okay again, and you have the power to not let this rule you forever.
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    I had an undiagnosed eating disorder and got found out after a year. I can eat crap now, lol. But I think if I was to go over my weight that I am comfortable at it might scare me a bit. Also, if I am stressed I have made myself sick before.. it's hard I can live a normal life, but I do think about it and wonder if I'll ever go there again. Its weird :-(

    I wish you all the best though xx
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    I saw my therapist on Friday and I think he was trying to scare/shock me into recovery. He was saying things like 'anorexia is a slow form of suicide' and 'you know you could die from this' etc, loads of stuff I've heard before. Then he said 'you know people never completely recover from EDs', which seemed really pointless when he's trying to encourage me to recover. I've read lots of stuff about EDs and everyone who says they've recovered admits that they're still not 'normal' around food, but they've found a way to make it manageable.
    For starters, you may want to get a therapist who actually understands eating disorders, ideally someone who works in a specialist eating disorder service. (If enough people make a fuss, there will be pressure to actually provide more of this).

    To answer your question, people do recover from eating disorders, but the defintion of "recovery" and "normal" does vary.

    A good defintion of recovery for me is the person being able to cope well enough with everyday life, maintain their BMI, not restrict/ compulsive exercise/purge. However, they may not feel recovered as they are not completely happy with their weight /shape, may still have perfectionistic tendencies, low self esteem and negative core beliefs about themselves. You may take the position that while there is still "something" wrong with them they are still not "recovered" or "normal", even if it isnt the eating disorder.
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    Once you have experience of eating problems, you can't make yourself forget it- forget what it felt like to carry out 'abnormal' behaviour, or all the stuff you may have learned about healthy eating which turned into paranoia about food.

    The good side is that you'll also have experience of how to stop a relapse, hopefully. I've been dealing with a relapse of bulimia this winter. Although I've still felt awful- thinking, how could I be here again, did I ever really recover, I'm being stupid again...- I have also been able to tell myself that I can get through this as I got through it before. And I recognise my bad feelings, and I know some techniques to avoid bulimic behaviour that I used before.

    I can't ever get rid of having been a bulimic. Still, I also know that I stopped and got control of myself, and I know for the past 3 years I was eating normally and not freaking out about food. So you'll always have memories of your food issues, but I don't think for a minute that this means you'll never fully recover from a disorder.
 
 
 
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