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Issue #266: The Perils of Telling Someone with an Eating Disorder That They are ‘Attention-Seeking’ & What is Medical Gaslighting?

Issue #266: The Perils of Telling Someone with an Eating Disorder That They are ‘Attention-Seeking’ & What is Medical Gaslighting?

Friday, 20 May 2021. Issue #266.

In This Issue:

  1. Telling someone with an eating disorder that they’re attention seeking only makes them shy away from seeking help and speaking up.
  2. Medical gaslighting happens when healthcare professionals downplay or dismiss your symptoms and pain.
  3. Chronic illness patients offer suffer from malnutrition due to a variety of factors such as malabsorption, nausea and not being able to keep food down.
  4. Some people pursue their passions with vigour, but chronic pain is very heavy and has a way of weighing you down.
  5. There are many hidden costs when it comes to managing chronic illness, some of which may seem ‘unnecessary’ yet can make a huge difference in quality of life for the patient.
  6. Chronic diseases make up seven of the world’s top 10 causes of death, and suicide from chronic pain should be taken seriously.
  7. Fibromyalgia chips away at your mental health, and there’s probably not one patient who hasn’t been affected by it.
  8. The perpetual lockdown of ME/CFS, and how the pandemic has highlighted that no one is immune to the effects of post-viral chronic fatigue.
  9. A lot of the anxiety those with chronic illness experience comes from not being able to trust your body on a daily basis.
  10. It’s a problem when you lose your self-identity to chronic illness. Not who you were or could have been, but who you are.

*Note: This article is meant for educational purposes, and is based on each person’s individual experiences and circumstances. It is not to be substituted for medical advice. Please consult your own doctor before changing or adding new treatment protocols.

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