Intrusive thoughts of harming oneself are common to all of us. However, for anxious people (eating disorders being a type of anxiety disorder at its core), intrusive thoughts of self-harm create a cascade of distress and panic that can trigger a compulsive drive to follow-through on self-harm. Thankfully, several psychoeducational treatment approaches can help.
When the inner voice is hijacked by all things eating disorder, you face an unending spewing misery of cruel self-talk. Here are some options for navigating the endless chatter.
There are numerous safety and avoidant behaviors that plague those with active eating disorders and body checking is a common, invasive and life-limiting example. Body checking doesn't just disappear as you enter recovery and it often worsens. So what are you supposed to do?