Hey everybody. Happy Thursday!
And when it’s Thursday … what is it?
I’m doing an FAQ video or things in the
media. There are a lot of things in the
media. Many of you have commented.
Don’t think that I have missed it. But I
had a couple of good questions today
that I wanted to address. And I’ve been
doing some thinking about videos, and I
think I’m going to do my journal topics as
separate videos. I find many of you have
let me know that you really like those
short, clip videos, where it’s just
something inspirational to kind of help
get you through your day. So instead of
doing two videos a week, now I’ll do
three. And I’ll do a, you know, journal
topic inspiration. So share your ideas!
If there’s anything that you’ve read about,
heard about, saw on Pinterest or
something tweet it to me, leave it in the
comments below. And I shall make a
video about that. So today I have two
questions, and both of these are really
good. So let’s get going.
First question says, “Hey Kati. First of all
very nice video.” This person’s referring
to the agoraphobia video I put out on
Monday. If you haven’t checked it out,
you should check it out. “I have a
question. Describing the disorder you
really focused on embarrassment
connected to the possibility of getting out
of a stressful situation. Does this feeling
have anything in common with social
anxiety? And if so, what are the main
differences?” Because if you remember
correctly in my video I talk about
agoraphobia being an anxiety disorder.
Now the really awesome thing about the
DSM … cause I have to put a different
book under my thing, because I had to
use this to reference … is that it shares
with you differential diagnoses, which is
really the way of saying how is this
different from the other disorders.
Because a lot of them seem very similar.
How do we differentiate between the two?
And it says, I’m gonna read this to you,
’cause I tend to blab so sometimes it’s
good if I just read you what it says.
So with reference to social anxiety
disorder, or social phobia, it says
“agoraphobia should be differentiated
from social anxiety disorder based
primarily on the situational clusters that
trigger the fear, anxiety or avoidance,
and the cognitive ideation.” So in social
anxiety disorder the focus is on the fear
of being negatively evaluated. If you
remember when I’ve talked about this in
other videos, social anxiety is when we
fear what other people are thinking of us,
what they might say to others about us,
that we could be negatively evaluated by
them. Agoraphobia is more about trying
to get out, having a panic attack, being
embarrassed about trying to leave. Now I
see how these kind of go together, but
you can also see how they’re separated.
The social anxiety is more about how
we’re perceived by others, where as
agoraphobia is just the fear, like it says
the fear or anxiety or avoidance because
we worry about how we’ll get out if we
have a panic attack. Or that it could be
really embarrassing, because we might
stumble, like try to get out really quickly.
I hope that that makes it clear. If you
need more clarification feel free to re-ask
the question and I can blab some more.
Okay. Question number two, “Hey Kati
my therapist told me she’d like me to see
a dietician.” Uhh, she didn’t! “Only I’m
not sure I really need it.” You never think
you do. Sorry I’ll stop with my
commentary. “I do some eating disorder
behaviors, but I still eat enough most
days. And the behaviors are only there
for a few days, and then I have other
behaviors. Different behaviors that
switch off and on. And I’ve only seen my
therapist for two times now. And I’ve only
really told her what went wrong. I don’t
want to waste peoples’ time going to a
dietician when I don’t really need it.”
This got so much chatter on the website.
Holy schmollies, you guys really had
opinions about this. So I thought, let’s
talk about it. Now seeing a dietician is
good. It’s something that we can all, all
of us who have any kind of eating
disorder behaviors. I know you’re
thinking but I don’t really think I have
an eating disorder. I only purge
sometimes or I only restrict, but it comes
off and on. I have a video from like I don’t
know … any of my OG’s out there? It’s
like two years ago, my original FAQ
video. I’m wearing like a teal sweater.
It says FAQ on the thumbnail so just
search. Well no you can’t, because all of
my videos would come up. But anyway
it says FAQs. One of them is If You Think
You Have an Eating Disorder You
Probably Do. Just let that wash over you
for a second. Because I know it’s hard,
and we always think “But it’s not that
bad. I don’t do it all the time. It comes
and goes.” Eating disorders are sneaky.
They like come in, I feel like they’re like
ink in water, where all of a sudden the
water is turned a whole different color.
But we’re like but it only just started
this little. It’s crazy. It can get in there,
morph, change. As soon as you think
you understand where it comes from and
what it’s doing, it’s already changing to
something else. And so even when we
feel like “it’s not bad enough to get more
help” we still need to get more help.
Because the sooner we get the help, the
better. And seeing a dietician, whether
we binge, whether we purge, whether we
binge and purge, whether we restrict,
whether we over exercise. It doesn’t
matter. We’re using any kind of eating
disorder behavior, a dietician can really
help. They’re not going to make you get
fat. They’re not gonna make you eat too
much food. That’s part of their job.
They’re going to work with you to put
together a plan, set goals with you, and
they’re going to check in with you. And
they’re going to challenge you, but it’s
all part of the process. Just like with the
therapist, I’m not going to make you go
all the way at once. Like we’re gonna go
through this, just, you know, get through
all this shit and move on. That’s not
how it works. It’s a process, and they’re
going to work with you. And I encourage
all of you, when you’re therapist says you
know you should probably see a
dietician, do it. They are really helpful.
They are amazing. They will definitely
help you manage those symptoms.
They’ll ask you the hard questions about
food and what you think about food.
Because we know it’s not about the food,
but we’re using food to cope. And so they
will work on that spot with you so your
therapist can help you better manage the
emotional stuff. Together you get the best
results, so don’t think you have to be
on death’s doorstep to get help. Don’t
think that you have to be really thick in
your eating disorder to get a dietitian to
help you. You can all benefit. If you’re
struggling with any eating disorder
behavior please see a dietitian as well
as a therapist. It gives you the best
outcome. Promise. Okay. I love you all.
I will see you, I’m not sure when I’ll put
out the journal topic video. You’ll just
have to subscribe, so you don’t miss it.
And then I will see you all on Monday.
And some of you I’ll see in New York. Yea!
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