Stress is experienced when a person is unable to cope with internal demands or the demands of their environment   It is helpful to assess how individuals with eating disorders coped with stress and other uncomfortable emotions prior to the onset of their eating disorder in order to assist them in developing effective means of coping throughout the recovery process. Stress levels typically increase during recovery as it consists of many changes and the eating disorder has been a primary means of coping. Identifying needs and seeking out support are important skills to work on enhancing during recovery.

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