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Interesting find...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I'm going to write about a case study here because it seems relevant to some Sparkers. I'm not taking any sides or making any suggestions - just writing the facts and drawing a conclusion.

Subject gets up in the morning after over a week of poor sleep (less than 5 hours per night).

Subject thinks about self harm (cutting, self-striking, and the wearing of a cilice - a metal band, designed to inflict pain on it's wearer). The patient avoids all these behaviors in an attempt to find a healthier way to deal with emotional pain.

The subject skips breakfast, not having much of an appetite, although the subject does have a history of over eating - never under eating.

Around 1 pm the subject eats an extra large Hersey bar and washes it down with 4 shots of vodka. This happened after months of a healthful, organic diet.

It was my conclusion that food may, for some people, become an instrument of torment - in some ways more brutal than a knife or a cilice. I do not condone self harm of any type, but when I saw this I did think to myself that abusing oneself with food actually seemed more devious and brutal than something that is more socially unacceptable.

Of course, the ideal is to not do harm through any method, but I found it fascinating that I think that punishing ones self with food is more dangerous, yet more acceptable.
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REVSERENA 3/23/2013 2:03PM

    Is it the food that is the punishment, or the beating oneself up because of the food that hurts so good? emoticon

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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/13/2013 2:21PM

    wait, vodka and chocolate is HARMFUL!? ;)

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SLIMLEAF 11/16/2012 11:04AM

    I can identify with 'Subject' - a razor blade, food (bingeing, starving or purging), even exercise can all be used to both hurt oneself and, at the same time, relieve (albeit temporarily) inner pain and distress.

Three cheers for 'Subject' though, for TRYING to find a more healthy way of dealing with it - not at all easy and a very lonely place to be.

Comment edited on: 11/16/2012 11:04:42 AM

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WORLDSERIES11 11/15/2012 6:09PM

    My niece is battling anorexia, so yes, food can torment us and be dangerous:(

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ONEWEIGH 11/15/2012 5:55PM

    I think there's truth in that. People harm themselves in many ways. My father, who was chronically depressed and died of smoking related illness said, "95% of men are slow suicides anyway." He knew he was killing himself but he "needed" smoking more than anything else. Still, food related self-harm is usually easier (at least in the short term) to recover from than some other means. Pain numbing is the name of the game, whatever means you choose.

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NORWOODGIRL 11/15/2012 5:29PM

    First response was shock followed quickly by sadness. There's definitely food for thought here (pun intended). Thanks for sharing.

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MARTY728 11/15/2012 4:59PM

    Wow! I knew for me that food can be an instrument of reward or celebration, I never thought of it as an instrument of torment. I never thought of it as an instrument of torment. And it is! You have opened my eyes! emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 11/15/2012 4:26PM

  Interesting observation. Am thinking on this...

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BLUEROSE73 11/15/2012 4:24PM

    Yep. It is - on both fronts.

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HIPPICHICK1 11/15/2012 4:24PM

    True...and very sad.
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