August 2010: Eating disorders and self-inury

Self-injury is quite common amongst people with eating disorders, and it's often way of coping with overwhelming problems or strong emotions. Although cutting or other self-injury may reduce strong emotions at the time, this is just temporary, and the feelings tend to come back at a later point. Self-inury can be quite frightening, and you may find it hard to talk to others about. However, getting professional help can assist you in managing these emotions or experiences, and help you to find healthier ways of dealing with them.

Why do people with eating disorders self-injure? Both eating disorders and self-injury are ways of having control over your body, and of expressing emotional pain. As there's a lot in common in both of these problems, it's common for them to occur together.

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