The history of anorexia and bulimia

As therapists, parents and friends we should be concerned with taking up a historical account of the persons relationship with anorexia and or bulimia. If we agree that the person did not invent anorexia/bulimia, that it is not genetic and the person is not to be blamed, planet-therapy would be curious to know how it all began.

If you are struggling with anorexia/bulimia it is important to ask yourself these questions that outline the early history of anorexia and bulimia. In re-searching this past relationship with anorexia/bulimia, would ask:

  • What effect does being a slave to the idea of perfection have on anorexia/bulimia overtaking a person?
  • Were there factors in your life beyond your control that made anorexia/bulimia look like an attractive option?
  • What do you remember in your life that most helped anorexia/bulimia along?
  • When you think back upon your first introduction to anorexia/bulimia were there promises made to you by the disorder?
  • Do you think anorexia/bulimia makes these same promises to everyone? or has it made you think that you are alone in this as its special student?
  • Did the abuse you suffered at the hands of _____ help along this feeling of being a less than person?
  • Did the abuse you suffered at the hands of _____ somehow assist in anorexia/bulimias recruitment of you?
  • Does the culture of ‘thinner is better’ sway peoples thoughts away from other unnoticed qualities in themselves?

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