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Thoughts Maintaining Anorexia

Abstract: Different thoughts, such as "eating only makes me feel bad" are used by the anorexia patient to maintain the illness.

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Thoughts Maintaining Anorexia

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Written by: Gunborg Palme, certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 06 Aug 2008.

What thoughts are used by the anorexia patient to maintain the illness?

Answer:

The usual such thoughts are:

  • Nothing will be better if I eat.
  • I am already too fat and if I eat I will be even fatter.
  • Eating only makes me feel bad.
  • Everything I put in my mouth must be removed by exercise.
  • I feel much better if I don't eat.
  • Food makes me feel bad.
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