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Online…A New Type of Support?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Few things are more isolating then an eating disorder, so imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a whole online community of people who’d shared, explored and talked about the feelings and experiences that I’d considered to be totally unique –

And I’m definitely not talking pro-anorexia.

It’s amazing how powerful reading your thoughts in other people’s words can be; and, how reassuring it is to know that you’re not on your own with it all.

This is a different kind of help to more traditional support networks, but empathy’s a great doorway to personal insight, and I had kind of overlooked the research and information which has now helped me to understand the scientific, psychological and cultural reasons behind my illness.

The following sites are a miniscule selection of the talented and inspirational people out there. They’re mostly written by those who’ve experienced some sort of eating disorder or know a lot about them, and contain a mixture of personal insights and psychological information….

VoiceInRecovery is exactly as the name would suggest. With a huge online presence that I follow on twitter, VoiceinRecovery sends out the most recent research and articles relating to all things eating disorder, helping to promote information, discussion and open debate.

Ed bites is an award winning health blogger, bringing together research and personal experience in an intelligent and inspiring way.

With practical advice and inspiring interviews, Weightless blog is aimed – in its own words – at helping “women develop a better body image and work toward accepting themselves as they are, while being healthy and happy (fad diets and skinny-mini standards prohibited!)…” Weighing the Facts also provides great eating disorder related information and resources.

Eloquent, insightful and beautifully written, Marine Snow is a personal blog about eating disorder recovery. As is Between Living and Existing, another honest account of living with an eating disorder.

The Fat Nutritionist promises to “help you get to a friendly place with food and your body” – and succeeds, admirably; whilst The F-Word.org looks at “Food. Fat. Femininism” and “…is dedicated to talking about and sharing ideas about the intersections of these taboo and often weighty issues, while creating a dynamic and supportive community of food-loving, body-accepting feminists.”

Equally uplifting and inspiring is Beautiful You which writes about “issues relating to body image, self esteem, size acceptance and media literacy”.

And that’s just for starters…

Explore the links through some of these sites and it quickly becomes clear that there are many, many more blogs and sites and tweeters out there who can help you to reach conclusions about your experiences and gain some insight into eating disorders –

Or just demonstrate that you’re definitely not battling alone.

Student Support

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Apparently, there’s a link between going to university and eating disorders.

This is not really surprising.

In an illness that is all about coping mechanisms and self identify issues and peer pressures and social expectations, university is fertile ground for eating disorders; whether you’ve already been grabbed, or are caught unawares -

University is not as easy as you think it will be. It’s just that nobody admits it – until later.

If you’re a struggling student, you’re not on your own – and there are people out there to help you.

Have a look at the Student Counselling website, and contact your counselling service or check out your college/university’s website or call one of the national help numbers.

Getting Help

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

You don’t have to fight an eating disorder on your own – it helps to rally up the forces a little:

Find a Therapist – and get some more information about Psychotherapy from The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), which also holds the national register of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy also provides information about therapy and an online directory to find a therapist.

Nutri People is the online database of Nutritional Practitioners, if you’re looking for some nutritional support and advice.

Visit The Quest Institute - the home of cognitive hypnotherapy – to find a Quest-trained Therapist and learn about an approach that really helped me.

National Help

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

beat is the leading UK wide charity providing information, help and support for people affected by eating disorders – anorexia, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

The eating disorders research team at the Institute of Psychiatry in South London and working hard to understand more about the causes of anorexia and bulimia, and develop new better ways of treatment, and support for carers.

“Serving those affected by eating disorders”, SWEDA (aka Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorder Association) have a great site including message boards, information, loads of links to other advice, and locally based support services.

The Mental Health Foundation – In their own words – “works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age and wherever they live”. Includes an overview of eating disorders.

Mind: a leading UK charity that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. Includes information about a wide variety of eating disorders.

SANE undertakes research, raises awareness and provides help and information on a range of mental health conditions. Includes SANEline, a telephone helpline operating between 6pm and 11pm, on 0845 767 8000

Information about eating disorders from the Royal College of Psychiatrists

The National Centre for Eating Disorders “provides effective solutions for eating disorders such as compulsive eating, unsuccessful dieting and bulimia” – in their own words!

Overeater’s Anonymous is “a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating”

Eating Disorders Information – Learn more about eating disorders and disordered eating patterns, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder and how they can be prevented and treated.

The Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders – Information on Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Overeating. Eating Disorders definitions, signs and symptoms, physical dangers, treatment finder, online support and much more.

Someone to Talk To

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

I have been talking myself better for the past two years. After the claustrophobic silence, having someone there to understand and help – or just listen – can make all the difference.

beat is the leading UK wide charity providing information, help and support for people affected by eating disorders – anorexia, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
Adult Helpline: 0845 634 1414. Young people’s Helpline: 0845 634 7650

Childline: Free, 24 hours, and for any problem – 0800 1111.

SANEline – ‘help at the end of the line’. Call 0845 767 8000.

Overeater’s Anonymous - “a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating” – gave me the space to talk in a particularly hard period.

The Samaritans – “…provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair” – phone line is 08457 90 90 90.

Mind is obviously on the same page as I am, and their current ‘We need to talk campaign’ is all about helping people to talk – and find the right people to talk to.