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What emotion typically precedes a binge episode?

Bizzarebitrary

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I want to begin tracking this. Surely not every strong emotion is an antecedent.

This evening, my binge began with a feeling of unworthiness. Thoughts related to that included, I'm never good enough, I need to be perfect, I have to control uncertainty, I have to control my thoughts about food.

How I feel afterwards is a lot easier: disgusted, disappointed, frustrated and worried.

What feeling(s) are in you before a binge episode?
 
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I don't binge as a person with a disorder would do, but i am aware that i will use certain things to get me through a day. I graze all day and that includes cups of coffee.

I personally do something like go online to check my emails or my bank, and then will need something to come after that as i am always restless.

The thing after that might be to clean the bath, and if i can manage that i will, but afterward i will need coffee/food/another distraction.

I say distraction, but maybe it is something to do, which it keeping me occupied.

A time where i may drink and put the music on will be down to symptoms of my illness such as restlessness. Also, anything upsetting in my mind would be a part of this.

Perhaps people binge when they have no more distraction or do not feel able to carry out a distraction such as not feeling able to clean the bath.

Perhaps too, anxiety or depression or an upsetting memory, causes the need to distract?
 
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Perhaps too, anxiety or depression or an upsetting memory, causes the need to distract?
I think so. Or boredom.

Tonight, I began feeling like I don't do enough with my life. Then I felt an empty feeling which grew stronger. Then frustration at being unable to cope with being alone.
I tried to distract but couldn't concentrate, not even watching a show on television could divert me from the feeling for very long.

I want to strengthen my tolerance for this empty feeling that comes with thoughts of not being good enough. I believe I can sit with it until it passes. But not today.
 
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I think so. Or boredom.

Tonight, I began feeling like I don't do enough with my life. Then I felt an empty feeling which grew stronger. Then frustration at being unable to cope with being alone.
I tried to distract but couldn't concentrate, not even watching a show on television could divert me from the feeling for very long.

I want to strengthen my tolerance for this empty feeling that comes with thoughts of not being good enough. I believe I can sit with it until it passes. But not today.
I find being amongst people helps with my problems so i will walk to the shop and sometimes just buy a pint of milk. It is the saying hello to people i walk past or hearing the birds, saying thanks to the person on the till.

The exercise too, the walking there and back really helps. I don't know why, it just gets things going in the right direction, my body and mind has a small MOT.
 
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I think so. Or boredom.

Tonight, I began feeling like I don't do enough with my life. Then I felt an empty feeling which grew stronger. Then frustration at being unable to cope with being alone.
I tried to distract but couldn't concentrate, not even watching a show on television could divert me from the feeling for very long.

I want to strengthen my tolerance for this empty feeling that comes with thoughts of not being good enough. I believe I can sit with it until it passes. But not today.
I’ve never related to anything as much. I consider myself to be in a state of recovery so I try to catch myself when the desire to overeat or overindulge starts to creep up on me again & I notice a lot of time it is triggered by boredom & a sense of feeling like why should I even care ? I’m lonely & eating will distract me & fill some kind of void I can’t really put a finger on. Then I realize where my thoughts are going & what they can lead to & I try to distract myself by doing anything else..
 
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I try to catch myself when the desire to overeat or overindulge starts to creep up on me again & I notice a lot of time
This right here gives me hope. It is possible to notice the early warning signs of a binge and I can learn in what situations I have a higher risk of a binge episode.

Thank you for fostering my hope by sharing insights you've gained through your struggle and live experience. I appreciate you!
 
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