When Bipolar and Anorexia Collide

Cara's Corner

I now have a diagnosis of anorexia in remission, and I am in a good place with my recovery.

I also have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, an illness which I manage very well most of the time. Although these two conditions are unrelated, when they collide they are toxic.

There is a huge overlap between eating disorders and
depression, which to me makes perfect sense. It’s well known that adequate
nutrition is a huge part of contributing to overall positive wellbeing, and not
nourishing yourself properly is obviously going to impact upon that. Added to
that the rock bottom self esteem, intrusive thoughts and feelings of utter
worthlessness, and that’s a pretty potent mixture. It’s clear that eating
disorders and depression go hand in hand.

What may be more unclear, however, is the relationship
between mania and eating disorders. The lure of mania is well documented –
although it…

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