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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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    Is it the food that is the punishment, or the beating oneself up because of the food that hurts so good? emoticon
    1859 days ago
    wait, vodka and chocolate is HARMFUL!? ;)
    1928 days ago
    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.
    1986 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/16/2012 11:04:42 AM
    My niece is battling anorexia, so yes, food can torment us and be dangerous:(
    1987 days ago
    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.
    1987 days ago
    First response was shock followed quickly by sadness. There's definitely food for thought here (pun intended). Thanks for sharing.
    1987 days ago
  • MARTY728
    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
    1987 days ago
    Interesting observation. Am thinking on this...
    1987 days ago
    Yep. It is - on both fronts.
    1987 days ago
    True...and very sad.
    1987 days ago
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