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Emily55

730d

Hello so I’ve had a choking phobia since middle school and I’m 22. It has made me starve myself for 3 months and blend up food. I’m not sure if this is a eating disorder or just a phobia. Or both ? No therapist has been able to help me

    • Kaiiyla

      730d

      It could develop into a ed, if not already, particularly Arfid from my own experience. I’ve had emetophobia since I was 4, and saw alot of foods as being “unsafe” or wouldn’t want to eat because again I felt it wasn’t safe to do so majority of the day or would just always associate food with being sick. Phobias involving fears of throwing up or choking can develop into eds if not addressed, which many professionals do not acknowledge unfortunately but I hope you’ll be able to find someone to help and understand you the way you truly need. Don’t lose hope <3

    • PuddingStone

      730d

      My experiance with phobia (agoraphobia for me--fear of leaving bed/bedroom/house) was best combated with exposure therapy. For me this was leaving the house to prove to myself/my disfunctioning brain that I could do it and live. I could do it and nothing bad will happen. I do NOT suggest choaking yourself to prove you will live. But exposure therapy for you could be making yourself eat solid foods. It will be uncomfortable and you will hate it, but just doing it is proving your phobia wrong. Every time you do it just adds to the growing mountain of "I have done this before and lived. I can do this again and live." And eventually the fear becomes so quiet you hardly hear if

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