Overeating and anxiety


I'm trying to understand why, as a result of my anxiety, I overeat to the point of feeling sick and eventually making myself sick. It only makes me feel worse.

As soon as I feel remotely unstable, or my routine is interrupted, I have days or even weeks of continuous binges and purging.

From the age of 14 I have suffered from bulimia and anorexia, but since entering my mid-twenties these elements of my life have been replaced by binge eating and consequent purges.

I've tried to stop this behaviour, but eventually it always comes back to this ... and I can always feel it coming. It is ruining my life.

All advice is appreciated and welcome.

If you would like to lend this to me I would be very grateful.

Thank you.

2 Replies

  • Hi, I have the exact same issue (and background) do you find yourself restricting to make up for the binge? If so, that and being sick are the most likely factors as to why this keeps happening. That said, I haven't been sick for months and even when I eat heathily can be overcome by hideous overeating. Have you tried CBT? (Also, just to give you background, I write a blog on my struggle with an ED if you're interested bulimicblog.wordpress.com/a...

  • I am not an expert but a fellow sufferer. It sounds as if you are in great emotional pain. sometimes present pain triggers past emotional pain, the combination of all this overwhelming pain emerging, the only way to deal with it all is in your case binge/purge. Sometimes we and others just see the behaviour and think it is all about changing the behaviour. Changing behaviour has to be done along side GOOD quality counselling/therapy. Please treat yourself kindly, you have an illness and deserve care and compassion.

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