Eating Disorder Treatment Help
Eating disorder feeling list: observe and recognize your feelings. Learn to build a vocabulary for your feelings.
Are You Feeling? Sad Disappointed Defeated Frustrated Angry Tired Stuck Helpless Resentful Misunderstood Irritated Sad Anxious Fearful Overwhelmed Bored Restless Tense Confused Inadequate Lonely Guilty Self-conscious Depressed Insecure Annoyed Nervous Isolated Unappreciated Misunderstood Ashamed Disconnected Conflicted Furious Out of Control Enraged Jealous Empty Rejected Trapped Vulnerable
Feelings and emotions that individuals with eating disorders may experience:
- Obsessive thoughts about food, weight, and body shape
- Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming "fat"
- Distorted body image and negative self-esteem
- Feelings of shame, guilt, or disgust related to food and body weight
- Difficulty expressing emotions and a tendency to suppress them
- A sense of loss of control related to food and eating habits
- Depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns
- Social isolation or difficulty forming healthy relationships
- Difficulty with impulse control and an obsession with food and weight
- Low energy, fatigue, and physical health problems due to malnutrition or excessive exercise.
- feeling of emptiness
- feelings of self-worthlessness
- feelings of self-hatred
- feelings of inadequacy
- feelings of hopelessness
Note that this list is not exhaustive and that everyone experiences eating disorders differently.
Common strategies for processing your feelings / emotions around poor body image is:
- Mindfulness: Practicing mindfulness can help you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings around body image. This can help you identify patterns in your thinking and learn how to respond to negative thoughts in a more positive way.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT is a type of therapy that can help you identify and change negative thought patterns related to body image. A therapist can work with you to develop strategies for challenging negative thoughts and replacing them with more positive ones.
- Body-positive self-talk: Engaging in positive self-talk can help counteract negative thoughts and feelings related to body image. Try to focus on your body's strengths and abilities rather than its flaws.
- Surround yourself with positive influences: Surrounding yourself with people who have a positive body image and who support you can be very helpful in changing your own body image.
- Engage in physical activity: Physical activity can help improve your body image by increasing self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Practice self-compassion: Be kind to yourself and practice self-compassion. Remember that everyone has insecurities, and try not to compare yourself to others.
- Seek professional help: If your feelings around body image are having a significant impact on your daily life, it may be helpful to seek professional help. A therapist or counselor can provide support, guidance, and strategies for coping with negative body image.
It's important to remember that changing your body image can take time and effort, and that it's a process. Be patient with yourself and don't be discouraged if progress is slow.
Help is available. To talk to an eating disorder therapist you can self schedule an online or inperson therapy appointment. If you prefer to speak with an eating disorder therapist to help you schedule your first appointment call 215-922-5683 to talk with an Eating Disorder Therapist today. We offer eating disorder therapy in Philadelphia, PA, Ocean City, NJ, and Richmond, VA. Virtual therapy is available in Georgia and Florida.