SPECIAL MENTION TES/NASEN BEST ACADEMIC BOOK AWARD `Anna has written a very descriptive book of her feeling and the difficult times she went through as she struggled with anorexia. The book gives advice, recovery ideas and encouragement for those who suffer eating disorders' - International Woman `I enjoyed her style of writing and would certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in eating disorders' - Signpost `Provides a valuable insight into how a young person with an eating disorder thinks and feels' - Contact a Family `The style is clear and engaging and ought to reach young people who are experiencing difficulties. The level of information contained would be of equal value to the families of these young people in helping them understand the emotions of their loved ones' - Educational Psychology Looking in the bathroom mirror for the first time since my illness had begun, I saw how I really looked. I was a walking skeleton, with my skin stretched tight over my bones. My face had become a skull, and when I smiled, it looked like I was wearing a horror mask. Anna has suffered a serious eating disorder and, more importantly, she has recovered! In this book she provides the reader with: " a moving account of her experiences " information about eating disorders " a plan for recovery " HOPE. The book is intended for young people and their families, and all those who care for children at risk.
Chapter 14: Why Do I Feel the Need to Hurt Myself? Self-Harming and Eating Disorders
Why Do I Feel the Need to Hurt Myself? Self-Harming and Eating Disorders
Often self-harming is closely linked to eating disorders. This chapter looks at the reasons why sufferers feel a “need” to punish themselves.
This chapter about self-harming will be quite personal. By sharing my experiences, I hope I can explain more clearly why self-harming happens. Self-harming is very closely linked to eating disorders because sufferers often feel a need to punish themselves and will do this in many different ways. Instead, I WANT to focus on why people self-harm. For myself, there were two reasons.
Firstly, I believed I was such a ‘bad’ person that I deserved pain and needed to be punished. ...