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September 16th, 2010, 05:57 AM
ashj_1218's Avatar Hiya!
Join Date: Jul 2010
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...do you ever find yourself using replacement behaviors to get through a stressful time?

I was just wondering. I have been in recovery for 5 years and really don't foresee reoccurring issues with the eating disorder in the future. I spent the last 10 years in therapy and feel that I have worked through the main reasons it existed. I have different coping skills now and have learned to shut down those thoughts really quick.

But every so often, when I am having a really stressful time (like now, we just had two back-to-back miscarriages), I find I turn to shopping or "picking" (that one is an OCD behavior, which I am medicated for). And I just get "sucked in." I always get out eventually...but not before we end up $5000 in debt (we are on a tight budget and veering off causes some pretty rotten consequences) or my arms/face/legs look like minefields.

Just wondering if anyone here experiences the same kind of replacement behaviors (at times) that I do...
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September 16th, 2010, 02:39 PM
alethia's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
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when we were trying for baby #2 and i was really into recovery i also used shopping as a coping process during our 3 losses ... i started doing it at the dollar store or thrift shops so we wouldn't end up in the poor house - but i could release a bit like that. i also get into face picking ... which really upset DH so i tried to get out with DS more to parks and such and also cleaning lol

I'm sorry for your back to back losses i know how hard that is. sending baby dust with super sticky cement for you!!!!!!
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