Our expert says:
Sorry to hear of these horrible experiences. One possible effect of these, some people have noted, is a reluctance to become "oretty" again, by different means, including eating disorders making one too large to be "pretty". And as you describe, over-eating to feel a feeling o a void within, even though it doesn't really have anything to do with any lack of food. OK, you have begin to make progress on your own, and haven't YET stopped binging. But you can stop it. Skillfull counselling / therapy would indeed help. In my eperience, it'd best be a form called CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) which is especially effective and changing habitual unpleasant and unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, and avoid "analytical" types who want to talk for years without getting anywhere. You can indeed be helped to complete the progress you began to find on your own ; to no longer have such an empty sense to fill, and no longer to need food to be what you try to fill it with. DO see a good local shrink for a full assessment and a discussion of such treatment options
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