February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month, which for some could make all the difference. Bulimia, anorexia and overeating are all too-often complicit in ruining the lives of people struggling with body image and other psychological issues. In many cases, the person afflicted may not even realize what they're dealing with, as a diet or concerns about fitting into clothing could quickly and easily shift into a full-blown illness with serious livelihood impediments.
That's what Eating Disorder Awareness Month is for: To shed light on what exactly these conditions are, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder and where to proceed in terms of recovery. To help you get started, The Huffington Post has outlined just a few general but crucial first steps you can take in your eating disorder treatment plan:
- One step at a time: It's great to feel ambitious about recovering, but take it slow and steady. Recovery is a long-term process that won't happen overnight.
- Rely on a support team: Friends, family, peers, support groups, therapists, doctors – whoever you choose to surround yourself with, make sure you have a positive and nurturing group of people to rely on for help.
- Speak up: Helping yourself begins with admitting you have a problem. Don't be afraid to admit you have an eating disorder if you believe you're suffering from one. There's strength in numbers, and one of the first things you'll find when you speak up about your struggle is that you are not alone.
If you or a loved one needs help with overcoming an eating disorder, consult with Fairwinds Treatment Center right away. Our dual diagnosis specialists will work to find and resolve the underlying psychological reasons responsible for this disease.