After my diagnosis: Anorexia, it was mandatory to attend four (2 hr.) Psych Eating Disorder groups to proceed with the program. The first group was a disaster.
Eight people were seated in a circle. (This was the group? All young girls?). First off, no one except me was over 20 and here I am in my late 50’s’; I felt awkward to say the least, also, each one was ‘pencil thin’. Me, the fattest (140 lbs.), and sensing everyone thinking, “why is she here?”
I recognize this is an ED group, and do recall the intake interview phrase “you don’t have to look anorexic to have anorexia” however, it made it unpleasant. I just couldn’t concentrate on the group’s subject: nutrition.
At break time, I conveyed my feelings to the group leader who said she would try and place me in another four week group with people around my own age. I chose not to remain for the next hour and went home.
Now, why was this such a disaster…… I could be these girl’s mother, and then got this bizarre notion “that I would have to lose weight to fit into these groups!!!!”. Also, at the beginning of the group, the leader stated, “You girls must have been under stress with exams”, EXAMS??? The last time I wrote exams was in 1975 when I graduated high school!!!! Kinda comical really.
I’ve got to think about this if I want to continue. I’ll keep you posted.