It’s Giving Tuesday! Show our young people that they’re not alone in facing this disease.
The inner voice ofan eating disorder, also called « The Bully », makes young, very fragile patients feel guilt, shame, remorse and disgust. This leads them to isolate themselves. To develop symptoms of anxiety and depression. To say nothing of the physical damage it causes. They become obsessed with their body image. Their self-esteem plummets.
I’m sharing an example of a letter a young person wrote to their eating disorder. The idea is to personify the little voice in their head in order to distance themselves from it. To become aware that it’s an external force that can be controlled. It’s an essential element in the recovery process!
It’s been a few years now that you came into my life without warning. You snuck in, unexpectedly.
For years, you never stopped telling me I was fat. That I should stop eating. You made me feel disgust and shame.
All those times I cried, alone in my room. You put so much pressure on me. You made me compare myself to others. I lost all my self confidence.
You made me feel weak. I no longer had energy to do anything. You got used to talking for me. You trapped me with your calories and your scale.
But that’s all behind me now. You’re not me. Today, I’ve decided to get rid of you. It’s over. This can’t go on. I don’t recognize myself anymore.
I’m taking back control of my life. I want to find the me I was before. The strong me. The me full of life. The me who is free.
At least I can credit you with one thing: you made me stronger in the face of this struggle.
Bully, this is a farewell letter.
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Thanks to you, these vulnerable young people will be able to bid farewell to their Bully. They’ll be able to enjoy life with their friends. Attend school. Live their lives as teenagers.
Dr. Gabrielle Spiegle Morin
Pediatrician specialized in Adolescent Medicine
Hôpital Charles-Le Moyne
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Thank you so much for your help and compassion!