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Internet; help or hindrance?
January 19, 2015
10:54 am
Steven
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Does the Internet assist with the diagnosis and help with dealing with eating disorders or does it aid in masking the truth of how many people suffer with them?

From a personal point of view, after my final tour of Afghanistan, I used the fact that I was on my out of the Armed Forces, to be able to speak to the councillors that were made available to the troops. After some courage, in the guise of Vodka and some red wine, I spoke to a kind lady about having an eating disorder and that I wanted to try and do something about it, as I felt, and I used this term: “It was beginning to consume my in a way I didn’t expect, the way I feel about food, the way I exercise and the way I feel cornered by my own mind and the embarrassment that I feel it brings to me in relation to my friends and family”. We talked, I cried , and she promised that she would refer me to an Armed Forces specialist and that made me feel better, at least I had began the first steps.

Moving forward a year, I never got to speak to anyone, and I enquired if any follow up had been booked or in the pipeline, I was told that they had no idea what I was on about, but if I wanted to book a doctors appointment, they could go from there... I didn’t want to press through it all over again so I left it… my choice.

Let down by my care providers and also by myself, because lets face facts, they don’t know unless I tell them! I decided to look online and found some interesting facts about my eating disorder and also have access to products and helpful advice to mitigate the effects of what the eating disorder has on my body. But has this had an effect to keep this more secret, as I am now able to prevent many of the signs of an eating disorder from showing to those who know me? Has it been an excellent source of self-help?

Burt does this also mean that those who are more vulnerable with their disorders take more drastic actions from what they read or see online?

Personally, I think it’s a bit of both, but I worry even for myself that this isn’t the only answer in the long road of recovery, but I am tempted to self-help myself out of this condition.

Written on a Mac... Don't judge.

Stevie G { Will Conquers Adversity }
January 22, 2015
11:58 am
Thomas Grainger
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Steven said

Does the Internet assist with the diagnosis and help with dealing with eating disorders or does it aid in masking the truth of how many people suffer with them?

From a personal point of view, after my final tour of Afghanistan, I used the fact that I was on my out of the Armed Forces, to be able to speak to the councillors that were made available to the troops. After some courage, in the guise of Vodka and some red wine, I spoke to a kind lady about having an eating disorder and that I wanted to try and do something about it, as I felt, and I used this term: “It was beginning to consume my in a way I didn’t expect, the way I feel about food, the way I exercise and the way I feel cornered by my own mind and the embarrassment that I feel it brings to me in relation to my friends and family”. We talked, I cried , and she promised that she would refer me to an Armed Forces specialist and that made me feel better, at least I had began the first steps.

Moving forward a year, I never got to speak to anyone, and I enquired if any follow up had been booked or in the pipeline, I was told that they had no idea what I was on about, but if I wanted to book a doctors appointment, they could go from there... I didn’t want to press through it all over again so I left it… my choice.

Let down by my care providers and also by myself, because lets face facts, they don’t know unless I tell them! I decided to look online and found some interesting facts about my eating disorder and also have access to products and helpful advice to mitigate the effects of what the eating disorder has on my body. But has this had an effect to keep this more secret, as I am now able to prevent many of the signs of an eating disorder from showing to those who know me? Has it been an excellent source of self-help?

Burt does this also mean that those who are more vulnerable with their disorders take more drastic actions from what they read or see online?

Personally, I think it’s a bit of both, but I worry even for myself that this isn’t the only answer in the long road of recovery, but I am tempted to self-help myself out of this condition.

Written on a Mac... Don't judge.

Hey Steven,

First of all, no judgement at all. I only use Macs now, they're the best for editing films. You've made the right choice with your technology haha.

In regards to the internet, I think it can only help so far. I often find that it depends where you are searching and participating. A website like this one can be so so beneficial, but I know in other forums people simply search for self-validation about their eating disorder, and can ask the same question many times over such as: 'Am I too skinny?', 'do I have an eating disorder', etc and I find this can be rather self-indulgent, as such people only seek attention and not are focusing on real long-term recovery. They often share tips on how to continue unhealthy eating disorder behaviour. You of course, are most definitely in this situation, but I find such people online can be a hindrance to your own recovery. It is important to educate yourself online, but again, it depends entirely what you research. I find listening to podcasts can be so helpful. I have a talk show: 'Beyond The Body' which you can listen to for free: http://www.beyondthebodyshow.com which is available for download on itunes.

Hope this helps!

Let me know if I can assist in any way,

Thomas

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January 22, 2015
9:24 pm
Steven
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Hi Thomas,

I agree that the internet is a an area of great information as well as misinformation and mal-guidance.

Personally, I like to see how other people have found their cycle of behaviour to do with eating disorders and what that has done to their health and bodies, this gives that one of the many bits of will power I have to continue on a path which is less destructive.

I also researched foods quite thoroughly and indeed the diet that I originally used to drop 8 stone, and again from a personal perspective, I struggled to find out information on the psychological effects on major weight loss and the after effects of it... Such as loose skin and different views on certain food stuffs.

It's strange for me, as I am acutely aware of exactly where and how this eating disorder started for me, I know what can trigger episodes, so I see the path I'm on and I tentatively tread the thin line between destruction and inner peace. Most of the time I win, and in a small part is down to education... Found online... where it's anonymous!

I also need to respond to you on the intro section when I get time, here I'll expand in my triggers and methods of coping, and see if you could add something different to the fray.

Speak soon

Stevie G { Will Conquers Adversity }
January 28, 2015
10:49 pm
Thomas Grainger
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Steven said

Hi Thomas,

I agree that the internet is a an area of great information as well as misinformation and mal-guidance.

Personally, I like to see how other people have found their cycle of behaviour to do with eating disorders and what that has done to their health and bodies, this gives that one of the many bits of will power I have to continue on a path which is less destructive.

I also researched foods quite thoroughly and indeed the diet that I originally used to drop 8 stone, and again from a personal perspective, I struggled to find out information on the psychological effects on major weight loss and the after effects of it... Such as loose skin and different views on certain food stuffs.

It's strange for me, as I am acutely aware of exactly where and how this eating disorder started for me, I know what can trigger episodes, so I see the path I'm on and I tentatively tread the thin line between destruction and inner peace. Most of the time I win, and in a small part is down to education... Found online... where it's anonymous!

I also need to respond to you on the intro section when I get time, here I'll expand in my triggers and methods of coping, and see if you could add something different to the fray.

Speak soon

Hey Steven,

I think I can share you reflections with my own history of disordered eating before focusing on being a nutritional therapist as part of my work. The internet has both sides, it depends what you end up looking up online. I'm sure the ease of access to information made it quite easy to get information on weight loss. For me, I think it was more the countless hours spent looking up recipes for lower calorie versions of foods. Now on the surface this isn't harmless, but we need to consider the demographics of who is viewing this content (eg. people with eating disorders). I think the internet is like any other form of media: it can be a great benefit, or, when used incorrectly, it can subconsciously cause destruction. The internet was also my saving grace for recovery, having done it mostly alone, I shifted my focus onto finding information about the dangers of being overweight, and educating myself on the psychology of eating disorders before taking up study in this field.

This might sound strange, but 'shocking yourself' into wanting to recover by reading horror stories, inspiring reflections from those who have recovered, etc. can really help :)

Thomas

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