There’s help for bulimia after Thanksgiving. You think I’m being facetious, but actually there’s a logic behind it.
Every year, once a year people gather to express gratitude for each other and for their lives. When you have just participated in a family feast and the only thing you can think about is how you want to get away from everyone and purge, you are suffering from what eating disorder specialists would call acute symptoms of a condition called bulimia. Eating Disorder Recovery is no easy thing but it something than can take place gradually once it is set in motion.
First you come to a place where you know that something is wrong. It might be that all your friends and family know it first. But at some point, it is critical that you confront reality no matter what your perceptions might be telling you. Then you need to find people to help you get better. It may require some counseling and mental health assessment, close survey of family dynamics, but with guidance and sensitivity a therapist may be of great help when one is faced with the necessity of remaking an identity. A way of being. That’s the part that really gets me.
An eating disorder starts off as a solution to a problem, usually one involving a lack of control or influence over factors regarded as emotionally / psychically taxing. If you can’t control whether someone loves you back, if you can’t be more intelligent than you are, if you are constantly being inpinged upon by all the conditions of your life, the one thing you can control is what you put in your mouth and feed your body. The discovery of this is a bit of a revelation. You can pick what you consume and if you don’t consume much, you’ll look better in your clothes. And it i this sad process of deduction that gets things started in the first place.