In the book, Paint Me a Monster, Rinnie battles anorexia and compulsive overeating. Life without counting calories, bites, or the number of ingredients in food doesn't exist for her.
Cries for help from those who suffer can't always be heard. Non vocal cries may look like starvation, binging, purging, self-harm disorders such as cutting, hair pulling, and burning, physical or emotional abuse to oneself or another, drinking to excess, drug use, or other compulsions that supersede healthy behavior. Unfortunately much harmful behavior can be disguised, sometimes for a very long time, sometimes until it is too late.
Recovery from trauma can be a long challenging process. Having a hand to hold, and guide, a trusting voice, self-awareness, and permission to move ahead and to make mistakes are all important factors for recovery.
The places below offer help. This is a limited list, a place for you to start.
ANAD National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
Narcanon Twelve Step Program for Drug Abusers
S.A.F.E. Alternatives Nationally recognized approach to help stop injurious self behaviors
*The author does not recommend or endorse the above references.