Anger and aggressive behavior, especially those self-directed, are frequent in individuals suffering from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, especially when confronted. Individuals with eating disorders tend to experience elevated anger and hostility during the initial phases of treatment from an eating disorder. Emotions are expressed differently amongst individuals with differing symptoms i.e. suppression of emotions verses externalization of emotions. Parents, spouses and loved ones also tend to experience intensified anger and other uncomfortable emotions surrounding the illness. This is where it can be helpful to utilize the concept of externalizing the illness as a means of separating emotions connected to the eating disorder versus your loved one. Loved ones oftentimes feel guilty for being angry.

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