Eating disorder are a tricky disorder. Some people label it under addictions, other people label it under anxiety disorders. I think Eating disorders are both. An eating disorder is an eating disorder no matter what form it takes. I personally have morphed between Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating. I also struggled with over exercise and laxative abuse. The main label I have for my eating disorder is ED-NOS, eating disorder not otherwise specified. It’s the catch all phrase for people that don’t fit perfectly in one category, which I think to stick people with eating disorder in a category like this is irrational because a lot of people with EDs are perfectionists and I know having been labelled with that I thought I was not sick enough or thin enough, even though at the time I was underweight with a 16.4 bmi. The only thing that stopped some professionals from labelling me with Anorexia was the fact I still have my period. The interesting thing with that is I was on birth control so it shouldn’t have counted and years later when I went off the pill I didn’t get my period for 6 months and than went back on the pill so to this day I don’t know if I can have a period without my birth control.
Even though eating disorders show different symptoms they are very similar. The fact I have morphed between different eating disorders has shown me that many of the feelings and emotions behind the behaviours are similar whether you are restricting, binging, or purging.