Commonly Shared by People With Eating Disorders

Many people with eating disorders experience a flurry of emotions which are in constant flux. Chaotic eating habits, binging and purging, substance abuse, and nutritional deprivation can wreak havoc on the psychological state of the individual. The following is a list of feelings that are common to many people who struggle with eating disorders.

  • Chronic or periodical depression (clinical or otherwise)
  • Mistrust of others, as well as ones' self
  • Apathy and indifference
  • Lack of motivation
  • Worthlessness
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Feelings of failure
  • Loss of control
  • Helplessness and powerlessness
  • Ineffectuality
  • FEAR
  • Instability
  • Competitiveness
  • Perfectionism
  • Smugness and Power (feeling power over one's body, or appetites)
  • Disgust and revulsion (toward one's self/body as well as to others' bodies)
  • Hopelessness
  • Betrayal (of one's body, of another person, of one's sense of will-power)

  • . . . and the list goes on

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Last Updated July 31, 1999 by someone who's just a little more than FED-UP!