What Coping Tools Work for My Eating Disorder and Anxiety?

Coping skills are helpful in the recovery process. When someone with anorexia nervosa has a comorbid diagnosis of anxiety, often the phrase ‘coping skills’ can seem unhelpful.

While working with your therapist, it is important to remember that how you cope with your symptoms can determine the rate of your progress while in treatment.

Coping can be defined as the “energy we use to manage, minimize, or tolerate both external and internal stressors, which can be real or perceived [1]’.

Individuals can either cope in positive and healthy ways or negative and unhealthy ways with stress.

Published on the Eating Disorder Hope blog on 11.8.17
Reviewed by: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC