Providing Support for Trauma & Eating Disorders
Trauma and eating disorders are often linked. When we are abused or mistreated in any way, we may turn to food or starve to try to cope with the negative feelings. After trauma, we may no longer view our bodies in a positive light, and therefore resort to treating ourselves in unhealthy ways in an attempt to "rid" our minds of the painful memories. However, these attempts to relieve distress only add more suffering because eating disorders are life-threatening mental illnesses that give us a false sense of control. Although we may start out believing that we have our eating disorders under control, we will soon find out that our eating disorders rule over every area of our lives - this is the nature of the disease. Healing is completely possible, but it involves going back to the root of the trauma and releasing the feelings in a positive manner, under the guidance of a professional team and support system. A recovery coach can never be a therapist, however, he or she can be a valuable asset to your professional team. Your recovery coach can offer intense support and behave as your mentor, partner, and friend.