I was 14 when I found out I had anorexic disorder.
I have been struggling with my own anorexcic disorder for more than 20 years.
It’s a disease that’s more severe than any other, with symptoms including bulimia and compulsive eating.
“I’ve always been a big eater, and I always wanted to eat,” says Sarah, now 37, who has been diagnosed with an eating disorder after years of binge-eating and self-harm.
It became something that I would binge and then try to control. “
As soon as I got my first meal I was hooked and I’d have to keep eating.
I was lucky that I was able to live my life with my parents, who raised me well and were very supportive. “
It was so frustrating to be stuck in the cycle of self-harming, binge-cooking, self-mutilation.”
I was lucky that I was able to live my life with my parents, who raised me well and were very supportive.
“My mum is an anorectic, so she’s very sensitive to anything that can make her feel ill,” Sarah says.
“But my dad’s an anotocore.
“That’s how I ended up in a relationship with my ex-partner.” “
So it wasn’t until I moved to Perth in 2012 that my parents finally realised what was wrong with me. “
That’s how I ended up in a relationship with my ex-partner.”
So it wasn’t until I moved to Perth in 2012 that my parents finally realised what was wrong with me.
Sarah and I lived in an isolated house in a suburb of Perth with only one other person, who was a counsellor.
We tried to make sense of the problems that were affecting our relationship, but it was difficult.
“We were both in a dark place.
It was just really hard to talk to my parents because they were so scared of me, and they were afraid of me for my mental health,” she says.
The problem with self-eating is that it causes physical and emotional harm, which can lead to depression, anxiety and other disorders.
“When I went to my doctor and told him about my eating disorder, he said it would probably take me about a year to get my life back together, and he wanted me to go on some medication to help with my eating,” Sarah explains.
“So I went on some pills, and after two weeks I felt really good.
But after a while, I was so relieved. “
At first I was really depressed and it was just a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions.
But after a while, I was so relieved.
I got a job and started to find other people who would support me, so I started living more independently and that’s when my eating problems started to improve.” “
Then I started to get the support that I needed.
I got a job and started to find other people who would support me, so I started living more independently and that’s when my eating problems started to improve.”
After about two years, Sarah finally went back to her parents and she felt better.
“They had told me that I had a genetic predisposition for it, but they didn’t know how it would affect me,” she explains.
“My mum said to me, ‘Well, if you’re anorectic, you’ll never eat, so you’re not going to eat unless you’re eating.'”
Sarah says that her eating disorder started when she was five years old, when she developed a food allergy to gluten, which caused her to crave more than usual.
“Once I started binge-feeding, I just felt so full,” she laughs.
“There was no time to think or feel.
I felt so hungry and I could never go back to sleep. “
And then when I started eating, I felt like it was really bad.
I had to stop eating.” “
Every time I ate, I’d feel full and happy and just be like, oh my God, I can’t believe it.
I had to stop eating.”
Sarah says she started to feel guilty for being so hungry, so much so that she’d often binge-eat in her parents’ house, with their support.
But her parents were adamant that her condition wasn’t real and that she was just being lazy.
“Eventually, I decided I didn’t want to eat, and that was when my parents said, ‘You’re eating your way out of a problem’,” Sarah explains, explaining that she felt relieved and happy to have the help of her parents.
She says she now feels more comfortable with her eating behaviour and has been able to find a job where she spends more time at home, rather than working out of the house.
“A lot of my friends would be horrified and go crazy when they found out,” she admits.
“Even my family wouldn’t understand it, and it’s not something that they would ever understand.”
But it’s definitely something that’s helping me through my illness.