Asking for help can take many different forms and can be quite challenging. When struggling with an eating disorder, taking this action can be more complex than a simple, straightforward request. What are some of the reasons why asking for help can be so difficult? Why do “cries for help” appear in disguise? And what about these two questions can be specific to eating disorder recovery?
This article uses the term, eating disorders, to refer to anorexia nervosa, (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED), and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED). Three factors that are active in eating disorders, complex on their own, as well as elaborately entangled are shame, internal criticism, and diminished self-worth.