Suicide Awareness for Binge Eating Disorder
The topic of binge eating disorder and suicide is timely since September is a full month dedicated to suicide awareness and prevention. Because individuals with eating disorders are at a high risk of developing suicidal thoughts and behaviors, I thought this would be the perfect time to write a post on this sensitive subject.
My Experience with Suicide and Binge Eating Disorder
Even though suicide is a difficult topic to share about, I believe that it is necessary. The more we share our stories and experiences, the more likely it is that others will speak up, relate, and feel less alone.
In the deep depths of my binge eating disorder, my head was filled with suicidal thoughts. I was malnourished (leaving me unable to see things clearly) and trying to achieve a perfection that could never possibly be obtained. I felt worthless. hopeless, and like a waste of a human. I can honestly say that at that time, I believed I would be forever trapped with these feelings.
As my recovery progressed, these suicidal thoughts began to fade. I started to see my worth as a person and how much beauty life had to offer. When I look back at those challenging times, I am filled with gratitude for whatever little power I had in myself. That tiny bit of strength kept me from ending my life and has shown me I am so much more than just the size of my body.
Suicide Among Individuals with Eating Disorders
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and suicide is the most common cause of death. When our bodies are not being nourished properly it begins to affect our mind. We are unable to think clearly, have a distorted view of reality, and cannot properly process our emotions. Because of these symptoms, it becomes easy to see why many believe ending their life is the only option.
The warning signs for suicide among those with eating disorders are much like those of any other suicidal individual. Talking about life being hopeless, isolating, and anxiety/agitation are just a few to watch out for. As far as signs specific to eating disorders, increased frequency in eating disorder behaviors, increased body preoccupation, and the addition of drugs or alcohol are some things to keep track of.
Please remember, you are never alone. Even when life seems unbearable keep the faith that things will get better. You are strong and you can get through this.
If you feel you may hurt yourself or someone else, call 9-1-1 immediately.
If you need help with distressing thoughts (including suicidal thoughts), call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
For more information on suicide, please see our suicide resources here.
Bialka, G. (2018, September 1). Suicide Awareness for Binge Eating Disorder , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, October 5 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/bingeeatingrecovery/2018/9/suicide-awareness-for-binge-eating-disorder