Eating Disorders and Suicide
At the time, it felt like I’d never make it through. I often thought about suicide, but deep down I still had hope and I still wanted to live. So I kept fighting, one day at a time. I got help along the way, and I’m doing better now.
What is an eating disorder?
An eating disorder is when a person adopts abnormal eating habits that can negatively affect their physical and mental health. There are three main types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating.
The three main eating disorders
How to recognize eating disorders
- Constantly thinking about food and physical appearance
- Feeling anxious or guilty after eating
- Fasting or not eating much
- Purging yourself
- Being embarrassed to eat in front of others
- Weighing yourself often
- Hiding food or cutting it into very small pieces
- Exercising excessively
- Using laxatives
- Eating large quantities of food without being able to stop
- Eating to relieve boredom, sadness, or depression
- Believing that food controls your life
- Getting dizzy for no medical reason
- Losing a lot of weight quickly
- Going at least three months without menstruating
- Being confronted about your weight loss by a loved one
What are the effects of eating disorders?
Eating disorders can have physical and psychological effects, including:
- Feelings of shame, guilt, or disgust
- Tooth decay
- Inflammation of the esophagus
- Intestinal problems
- Suicidal thoughts
Do you have an eating disorder and suicidal thoughts?
People with eating disorders may have suicidal thoughts. If this is the case for you, consult the following sections:
01 Taking stock of your mental health
The first step toward taking back control is identifying what’s causing your suicidal thoughts.
02 Taking care of yourself
There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself and regain your balance when you’re having suicidal thoughts.
03 Talking about it with your loved ones
Asking for help from your family and friends isn’t always easy. There are different ways of going about it.
04 Finding support services
Every day, all sorts of people contact support services to get the help they need.
What to do if you have an eating disorder
Eating disorders can be treated. If you have symptoms, first call Info-Social at 811, option 2, to discuss your situation with a psychosocial worker and be referred, if necessary, to resources in your area that can provide support.
For an assessment and follow-up with a healthcare professional, consult a general practitioner (your family doctor, for example), a psychologist or contact your local CLSC.
Other resources can help people with eating disorders.
Advice for people with eating disorders
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