I've struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder since I was raped at age 16. Because of it, I have over eaten, most of my life, to protect myself. I protected myself from another rape by gaining weight. By gaining weight, less men look at me. That was my goal then. But now, things are different. now I want to heal. now I want to be strong. I don't want to overeat anymore, but I still do. I'm hoping somebody out there has felt something similar.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
I relate with defense of eating disorder, but I became anorexic at age 7. Fought to be healthy and not malnourished but even though eating more healthfully still battling underlying condition after 60 yrs. Much better tho!.
I am glad to hear that you're much better!
I have followed a behavior therapy designed by a Canadian mother of two daughters who both had eating disorders. In your case since a bit different, getting super in touch with feelings that precede emotional eating would be vital in changing behavior.
I am sorry to hear about your experiences. No one of any age or gender (mine was at 10 1/2 - 11 yo), should ever be subjected to that sort of thing. You already are a strong, beautiful, valuable, and irreplaceable person, because that is what you were born to be. I wish you the best of luck with your healing and recovery.
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