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I suffered from anorexia and bulimia for over 20 years since the age of ten. During those years I saw a variety of ‘professionals’ who were unhelpful to say the least. There is a lot of stigma surrounding eating disorders even now and it is hard to find a professional who can help. What I have learned is that one of the most important things about therapy is that the person giving it needs to have very healthy self esteem. The blind cannot lead the blind, well they can but they’ll probably both end up in a ditch. Seriously, how can someone with low self esteem help someone else with low self esteem?
And if somebody is inclined to judge, then truly they are judging themselves too and cannot help either themselves or anybody else.
Anyway, the teacher appears when the student is ready and when I really wanted to move forward and leave the eating disorder behind, I was referred to a specialist who really knows what she is doing, and is able to help because she herself is a joyful person with no hang ups. She also happens to be a remarkable psychologist.
I know how it feels to suffer from an eating disorder. I also know the freedom of living without one.
I run this blog to help sufferers and those whose loved ones are sufferers. My aim is to help others understand the root of eating disorders – because that is what needs to be targeted if recovery is going to happen. My beliefs are controversial according to medical institutions. You can read about what I believe on my ‘What are eating disorders?’ page.
Apart from running this blog, I am a busy mum to my wonderful 13 year old son, Christos, a photographer and sculptor…I carve all kinds of stuff from wood.