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Thanks you guys...

Posted by Janice on October 20, 1999, at 23:03:02

In reply to Re: Feeling Ugly, posted by dj on October 19, 1999, at 23:18:04

What fantastic responses. It definately seems like I am not alone. After quickly reading through your posts, I'm wondering if many 'normal' (non-mental disordered) people also feel ugly too. Maybe this 'feeling ugly' says something about society rather than any mental disorder.

I used to think it had to do with depression, but I am no longer depressed. So then I thought it was something to do with my eating disorder and trying to obtain some kind of external perfection. As my nutritionalist said, 'feeling fat is not an emotion', nor, of course, would be 'feeling ugly'. Whenever I felt fat (like you dove, 105 lb at 5'6"), I'd say to myself 'what the hell is going on here, feeling fat is not an emotion'. So I'd look around at what was going on in my environment and it was ALWAYS an uncomfortable situation that could potentially make me feel too much (my most dreaded and major symptom of all my disorders - I have intense emotional reactions that are generally not acceptable). So obsessing about feeling fat took my mind off reality. But feeling ugly is much more vague than feeling fat, and there is no single action you can take (like stop eating) to get rid of it.

you guys gave me such wonderful answers, I can't possibly respond to them all with the responses they deserve. I'm going to go read through your responses again. Janice.




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