Last week, I asked social media for some help on a super secret project (I still can’t tell you what it is, but stay tuned!):
If you have, or have had an eating disorder, what is the one misconception you would like cleared up? What is the most helpful advice you’ve been given in overcoming it? If you haven’t personally had an eating disorder, what is the one question you’d most like answered about eating disorders?
I got many responses from lots of different people, and while I can’t use all of the responses for the super secret project, there are many that I thought bore further discussion. Today’s post is inspired by one of those questions:
When you have battled an eating disorder or an addiction, and have engaged in deceitful behaviors (ie lying, hiding things or activities) as a symptom of your disease, how do you rebuild the trust of those around you?
Rebuilding trust is no easy task. Often, family and friends are hurt and shocked that their loved one would keep secrets from them. Sometimes, they even blame themselves for not noticing, for not seeing through the lies and protecting their child/friend/partner from the disease. To compensate, they become hyper-vigilant, watching every move their loved one makes. This can force the sufferer further into hiding. Continue reading »