Eating disorders, such as an addiction to food or being thin, are often linked to some sort of bullying. Bullying frequently happens to young people at school or social events. When being bullied is a problem, it often leads to a type of addiction problem that follows people into adulthood.
Why do bullies have such a hold over others? The reason is simple—bullies know how to tap into individuals’ deepest fears. Generally, they will concentrate their attacks on other people’s appearances. For example, they may make fun of individuals for being overweight. Often, when an adolescent is teased about his or her weight, then dieting ensues. The desire to be thin and escape ridicule will then take on a dangerous life of its own.
If these people already have a fear of being fat, they may turn to anorexia in order to fix the problem, even if they aren’t actually overweight to begin with. Or if they’ve already had a difficult relationship with food, a bully’s attacks may cause a binging and purging addiction.
The best way to treat eating disorders is with holistic healing. The mind, body and spirit all need to be healed in order for true recovery to take place.
Signs That Bullying Is Affecting You
If you are worried that bullying may have affected you or is affecting your child, these are the signs to look for:
- The formation of eating disorders or addiction
- Declining grades
- A sudden avoidance of certain social situations or loss of friends
- Feeling frequently sick or faking sickness
- Destroyed property, books or clothes
- Saying they don’t want to go to school
- Behavior that is self-destructive
- Injuries that they cannot explain
- Avoiding specific social situations
- Nightmares and trouble sleeping
- How Outpatient Holistic Healing Can Help Eating Disorders
The mind, body and spirit need to be healed when it comes to an eating disorder and various other addictions. It is important that a person have a safe and loving environment in which to heal. It is always best that the treatment program is focused on healing the underlying causes of the eating disorder.
The outpatient feature that Roy Nelson Healing offers can help individuals heal while continuing their work or schooling. They can get the support they need and do the work necessary for treatment while continuing to live at home. This is important, as it helps them learn how to integrate their new tools for living while with their family.
Find the Healing You Need
Roy Nelson offers an outpatient treatment program that focuses on holistic healing for a range of addictions. Often, people come to Roy with eating disorders that may have been precipitated by some form of bullying or teasing. The pain of this experience and the insecurity it fosters can be addressed and healed through The Nelson Method. Because Roy Nelson successfully overcame a serious eating disorder, he knows the pain that comes with others’ ridicule and insensitivity.
Our 28 Days to Freedom program can give you the help you’ve been looking for. You no longer have to live your life in the shadows, feeling shame, guilt and anxiety about your body and habits.
We will help you go in-depth into these problems and come out on the other side unscathed and better overall. Call Roy Nelson today to get started on your road to recovery from bullying and eating disorders.