Does the time of year affect your ED?

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Registered: 03-20-2009
Does the time of year affect your ED?
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Tue, 09-18-2012 - 1:13pm

Does the time of year affect your ED? Like , do you find you restrict more when it is the holidays , eat worse or better in the summer, or is it fairly even throughout the year?

Love

Promise



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Tue, 09-18-2012 - 2:06pm

This time of year can have an affect on my depression for sure but not necessarily the ED. The ED twists itself for me so it doesn't always happen when I'm feeling badly. The ED has a way of making me think that if I eat and/or gain weight I'm gonna feel bad. I dunno...I guess it doesn't really matter what time of year it is. It's really more related to how I'm coping with things at any time. It's become quite a constant, automatic response throughout the years.

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Wed, 09-19-2012 - 2:00pm

Hey Maryah,

I think ED is more of a coping thing for me too but I did wonder if it was the same for everyone.

How you doin' girl?

Love

Promise



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Wed, 09-19-2012 - 2:01pm

Hey Butterfly,

I was reading somewhere about a girl who said summer was worse for her which got me wondering if it was a general thing. Mine, like Maryah's is more depression/mood based.

Love

Promise



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Registered: 09-06-2007
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 2:26pm

Even if I'm feeling good I'll think that it's because I haven't eaten and emptiness makes me feel better...so I think. Then if I'm depressed I'll blame the ED for that too. Sometimes I think I use the ED as a way to cope with depression, In a strange sort of way it does make me feel less depressed..or maybe just too numb to notice. That's how I think it all initially started but obviously since then it's become a lot more complicated. Now, sometimes I use the ED to feel pain and misery. It's inside out anger quite alot. When my emotions get overloaded I dunno where else to take it.

That said, in the summer my reasons for ED may be different than in the winter. Like in the summer it's my way of feeling better. In the winter, when the depression can be more difficult, it's just one more mechanism I use to beat myself up and make myself miserable. So, basically the ED finds a reason to exist no matter what.

Right now I'm an emotional basket case. I have a lot I'm trying to deal with on top of this pregnancy. The pregnancy alone has been uncomfortable. It hasn't been terrible but I've gained more weight than necessary and everyone is telling me how big I am..."all in the belly"...whatev. :/  The baby is also laying on my sciatic nerve and I'm having a really hard time getting around or being on my feet for more than 5 minutes.

I have 12 more weeks to go. I'm still not even close to being ready. Although I'd love to have my body back to myself.

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Thu, 09-20-2012 - 2:46pm

Hey Maryah,

I think ED does become a coping tool. It started out being a fairly simple way of coping but it spins out of control and gets so complicated you can't untie it to find the beginning.  At least that's how I feel right now.

Ouch. I have trouble with my sciatic nerve from time to time but to have baby sitting on it must be soooo uncomfortable. You'll be glad when baby is cooked to perfection.

Love

Promise