Anorexia and Depression: How They Relate and How to Cope

  • Anorexia and Depression

Anorexia, anxiety and depression go hand in hand when you are dealing with this condition. Anorexia (wanting to be thin) as a condition started to grow more during the 1950. When more people started having access to television, newspapers and magazines.

According to Dr. Emily Deans’ article on the history of anoxexia,

The cases cases of anorexia and bulimia escalated in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and though some will say they peaked in that time, the national survey data suggests that bulimia, especially, continues to escalate. While most scholars will point to cultural pressures for thinness, increasing depression and obsessive compulsive behavior, and increased dieting behaviors as precipitants for eating disorders, it is impossible to ignore the fact that the 1970’s and 80’s is when the rates of obesity in the United States began to increase at an unprecedented rate, and low fat eating began its popular progression through the mainstream.

In 1973, Hilde Bruch published a book with a number of case studies, called Eating Disorders: Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa, And The Person Within?. As the disorder reached public awareness in the 1970s, cases increased, spreading beyond the upper class.

Unfortunately, today’s social influencers take all sort of measures like surgery, inappropriate diets and other procedures to change the way they look.

Wanting to look a certain way forever can cause a lot of grief and unhappiness during the aging journey. There is no graceful way to avoid aging and bodily change for those who become fixed on their outer shell.

Key Tips For Overcoming Anorexia:

1. Understand that Being Thin and Being Happy Don’t Go Hand in Hand

Wanting to be thin causes a lot anxiety and depression. Wanting to be different than yourself is the main issue that needs to addressed. Tony Robbins is a great motivational speaker that discusses happiness and self love. In his blog, He discuss how one needs to reassess their identity.

“Identity is this incredible invisible force that controls your whole life. It’s invisible, like gravity is invisible, but it controls your whole life.” – Tony Robbins

2. Understand That You Aren’t Perfect

–and that’s ok. Being ok with how you were born is key. Perfection is a myth. Having a thinner body, bigger breasts, or any bodily changes will not equate happiness. Look at all the stars that look great, seem to have lives that is full of happiness and glamour and took their own lives. Our society and media channels are partially responsible in creating the flawed thought process by giving the wrong messages.

3. Utilize the Principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Utilize the tips of Dr. Alice Boyes in her Psychology Today article:

Understanding the symptoms of Anorexia is essential for sufferers and families. What’s really important is that you understand that these are symptoms of the disorder and not defects of you as a person.

Changing one’s thoughts changes behavior, which can lead you on the road to recovery.

4. Figure out Your Calling

Take Oprah’s advice on how finding your calling can guide you through obstacles. She has written:

I’ve found deep joy in my vocation as a writer, traveling teacher, and activist. And “Let your life speak” means something different to me now. Vocation, I’ve learned, doesn’t come from willfulness. It comes from listening. That insight is hidden in the word vocation itself, which is rooted in the Latin for “voice.” Before I tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen for what my life wants to do with me.

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5. Join a Support Group

The emotional and physical stress of fighting a your battle with anorexia can be eased with social support. However, it can be difficult–even impossible–to attend a regular support group meeting when anorexia leaves you exhausted and over-scheduled. Online support groups exist to address that need.

With aGroupforME, you can join an online, video-chat based support group for people with anorexia, anorexia survivors, and even the relatives of anorexia patients. From the convenience and comfort of your home, you can attend regularly scheduled meetings and express your struggles to those who can empathize. Meetings are intimate, with just 8-10 members, and led by a vetted moderator.’s platform makes getting support easy and convenient.

2018-03-15T14:36:12-07:00 Categories: Anorexia, Depression|


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