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However, when feelings of hopelessness and questions about self-worth arise when people are struggling with their weight and self-image, individuals may be diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder. The causes of depression can be linked to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Individuals diagnosed with bulimia nervosa are often characterized by engaging in destructive behaviors such as purging, using laxatives, exercising excessively, or fasting in an unhealthy way. The only way to truly restore the individual’s mind, body, and spirit back to its healthy state is to seek a treatment recovery plan that emphasizes whole person care.
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While everyone feels down sometimes, it is important to distinguish normal feelings of sadness from clinical depression: professionals characterize the latter by extreme feelings worthlessness, hopelessness, and helplessness--which are commonly experienced by individuals with eating disorders.
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If you are in recovery from an eating disorder, you are probably very familiar with the process of envisioning change and setting goals--sometimes achieving them, and other times falling short. Take advantage of the energy right now in both nature and society to reconnect with what you want of your life in recovery.