After a sexual assault the mind can develop many different ways of managing intense feelings about yourself. One of these changes might be developing an Eating Disorders. Eating Disorders are significant changes to thoughts and emotions (including about body image and self-esteem) which changes in the actions to you take with diet and exercise.
Some of these thoughts and feelings might be:
- “I want to avoid painful feelings, thoughts or memories”
- “Stress and/or anxiety”
- “I hate myself”
- “I hate the way I look or I don’t look good enough or I’m embarrassed by the way I look”
- “I want to look perfect or I wish I looked like …”
- “I want more control over my life and what I eat or look like”
- “I just don’t exercise enough or I need to diet more”
- “I am so angry about how I look”
The differed eating disorders are known as Aneroxia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Disordered Eating and Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorders (OSFED).
Your health and well-being is very important and there are speciality services available to help support you with understanding these issues. These include the Butterfly Foundation and Eating Disorders Victoria . You Doctor/GP is also a good place to start these conversations too, even if at first it’s just about your health.
However you can always seek support in a family member or friend, and a SECASA counsellor/advocate is more than willing to also speak to you about these thoughts and feelings.