Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
I have somewhat of an eating disorder. It's more anxiety related. When I have anxiety attacks, or if I'm tired, stressed, or upset, I'm not able to eat anything. My stomach just doesn't work at that time.
Also, I've never been able to eat in front of people except close family. And even then it has to be a meal at home, not out at a restaurant or food court.
Although it's not a well known eating disorder like anorexia or bullimia, it does affect me greatly and impacts me every day of my life. Every social occasion revolves around eating (weddings, dates, lunch with coworkers, birthdays), so I don't go to any of these functions, and I hate having to lie or come up with excuses at to why I can't go.
I've had this problem, and still have it, for nearly 20 years. I'm currently seeing a psychiatrist for this, among other things, and his advice is to face the problem head on, in gradual steps. I haven't been able to do it yet, though. I'm finding it really difficult to do.