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Do you still 'have' anorexia if you're in recovery and no longer underweight?

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Do you still 'have' anorexia if you're in recovery and no longer underweight?

I was told recently I didn't have anorexia anymore because I gained weight in recovery. For some reason this really bothered/triggered me, and now I want to lose all the weight again. I guess this perso was correct in a way, so I was just wondering if you still have the mental condition if you no longer fit the criteria?
 
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I was told recently I didn't have anorexia anymore because I gained weight in recovery. For some reason this really bothered/triggered me, and now I want to lose all the weight again. I guess this perso was correct in a way, so I was just wondering if you still have the mental condition if you no longer fit the criteria?
Are you still an alcoholic if you haven't had a drink in twenty years ?.. All the people at AA would say you are... There are some places you can go to where you can recover.. But you're never really out.
 
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Hello Thatone.

I'm ex bulemic, anorexic, compulsive over eater.. :)

(Also, an ex-alcoholic, drug user - basically? the works)..

whether it's anorexia, or alcohol, or compulsive dating - we're never "cured" from the disease. Your friend might have the best intentions, or means well? But once she's been in your shoes, even she would know, that it's simply not about weight or food.

It's more about "what's eating you" versus "what you are eating"..:)

It stems from an obsessive/compulsive disorder.. This means, that though we learn to face with our demons? They don't quickly go away or are banished from us forever. We are aware of why they showed up in the first place, and in time, learn not to give them our power any more.

It's been decades since i've indulged in any of those addictions that i mentioned?

But i do know that what drove me to indulge in them - is what i truly have to be aware of..:unsure:
 
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Do you still 'have' anorexia if you're in recovery and no longer underweight?

The medical definition of anorexia is a disorder characterized by excessively low weight and lack of appetite for fear of gaining weight. So if you still feel those feelings, then you still have anorexia. It can be controlled, it can be managed, but it's only ever gone if you don't have the anorexic urges/feelings anymore...
 
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Yes............
 
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It's the same with any form of self harm, it's a process of getting better, you'll still have those thoughts at the back of your mind telling you to do it again, but taking control of those thoughts is what helps you, that isn't to say that you no longer struggle with whatever it is you've been through
 
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for example I haven't self harmed in months now, but I still to this day struggle to control myself over the random impulses and thoughts I get about it, just because there's no visible scars anymore doesn't mean I'm no longer struggling

its the same with people who have eating disorders, there might always be something there that can trigger it again
 
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No I don't think so, if you don't meet the criteria you don't have it imo. you can still have pretty messed up and unhealthy thinking though after you no longer have an eating disorder.
 
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As someone who was diagnosed with Anorexia in 2015 and is no longer "unhealthy" or underweight, yes you absolutely can. It is ridiculous that there's the whole idea that if you have an eating disorder then you have to be underweight. I've got an eating disorder but I wasn't listened to seriously because I am not underweight.

I still have frequent Anorexic thoughts, such as starving, weighing myself every day, harming myself when I eat, hiding food, and calorie counting.

It's just ridiculous that because you don't show the physical symptoms, you're automatically "not as ill". Because of the constant struggle I have I am continuously fighting self harm thoughts and suicidal thoughts because I feel I am too fat and I am afraid for anyone to see me. I find myself wanting to be skeletal again, and I even make plans to get back to how I was, yet the doctors and no one else seems to see the problem because I'm now weight restored and slightly overweight with an overeating/compulsive eating problem now lol.
 
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