Eating disorders and painful emotions go hand-in-hand, each causing and caused by the other, it seems. One of the most debilitating feelings that arises is the sense of isolation. Loss of self worth, shame, and other dark emotions tend to drive people with eating disorders into seclusion — if not physical, certainly emotional separation. Our California eating disorder treatment center encourages connecting (or re-connecting) with others as a helpful step on the path to recovery.
Of course coming out of isolation isn’t easy. Here are some things you can do to begin to break free of loneliness.
Acknowledge your pain. We are sometimes led to believe that strong, healthy people should never be lonely. Consequently, it’s hard to admit, even to ourselves, that we are sad about our lack of human contact.