I have agreed to be interviewed on ABC radio tomorrow on the programme conversations with Richard Fidler. Feeling nervous now.
Truth #1: You can’t tell by looking at someone whether they have an eating disorder.
Truth #2: Families are not to blame.
Truth #3: Families can be the patients’ best allies in treatment.
Truth #4: Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically-influenced mental illnesses
Truth #5: Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses.
Truth #6: Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and physical/medical complications.
Truth #7: Genes play a role in eating disorders, but environment also influences their development
Truth #8: Genes are not destiny when it comes to eating disorders.
Truth #9: Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible.
I hope you have been able to enjoy the Easter Season and celebrate or relax in whatever way is traditional for you. I enjoy the break from normal routine. I am now preparing to travel to New York City and Boston in the United States to spend time with Carolyn Costin, visiting and training at some of the Monte NIdeo and
some how I just deleted this post !! so now I am really trying to keep a smiling mind! I just wanted to share an app I have found helpful Smiling Mind. It is Australian and it is a simple way to start practising mindfulness or meditation. Anxiety accompanies recovery for a time until you can begin to trust again. Reducing anxiety is crucial to your well being and continued progress. See what you think of the sessions..
They lead your through the techniques and it doesn't assume that you are already comfortable with meditation..
Spring normally brings with it excitement and new possibilities. The excitement of the inevitable summer that will follow Spring and the hope and possibility that comes with the new blooms and bulbs that appear. Tody however it is overcast, cool, and drizzling. It is easy to forget the spring days of last week and focus on the grey of today. It strikes me that that is how recovery from an Eating disorder can feel. There are inevitable grey days. Spring brings rain, it's natural. That's why there is so much growth during this time. You will have hopeful sunny days during recovery but you will also have the occasional day that makes you wonder where spring has gone.. It is still with you. You can continue to grow in the rain. Keep going and you will soon see the bulbs again, in the meantime, be thankful for the time to reflect and be grateful for the sunny days you enjoyed last week.
Here is a link to an article by Andrew Flintoff who bravely acknowledges his struggle with an Eating Disorder and how important his wife was in helping him recover. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2745740/Andrew-Flintoff-wife-s-support-helped-battle-bulimia.html
Founded TRED in July 2011 to give encouragement and hope to people in Tasmania who are seeking recovery from an Eating disorder.