Eating disorders are VERY SERIOUS - if you are suffering from any version of this insidious disease GET HELP. I was bulimic for years - starting at a very young age...it survived and grew past being DFed, sexually groomed by a predator (not in that order), reinstated and the ongoing humiliation that entailed- it blossomed as I pioneered and did my damndest to be "the good little witness"...
oh yes- and prayer really is only a powerful force if you feel worthy of Your God's Help. Anyone with an eating disorder does not.
i finally spoke to one elder - a good friend- who gave me an article about psycho-symatic illness and told me to - yup - pray and go in service more. He ment well.
After a few years, I approached another elder who advised me in I must say a very sincere way - he had no idea what I was talking about but he took the time to do research and learn about it and then - and I really acknowledge this man and another woman in the cong that i considered a friend - they advised me to get professional help - but with the cavaete of "being careful". I was so far into the disease at this point that getting help was the last thing i wanted to do - the lady actually "forced me" to seek treatment - and saved my life. I was told that i was no longer eligible for service - which was a great relief to me. In therapy, i finally acknowledged that being a jw was more based on "my culture" vs my belief system and that was the beginning of my "active fading"... and my recovery
If you are a jw reading this - get help!!!! I find it shameful that i am now prbably used as an example of someone who got prof help and left "theT". I am treated as a da/dfed individual now - most esp by all who knew of my illness.
My family still has contact with me but (the jw contingnet) looks at the entire situation through Society Coloured Glasses.
I am pleased to have a heads up about this article as my parents are sure to bring it up as an example of "J's loving, helpful organization".
I stress - the people that helped me were jw's. but they didn't help me becasue of that- they helped me because they are good people. Now, they shun me becasue they are jw's.... My parents would rather see me still sick and a jw- how sad