Hello SOTGC community,
I’m am so excited to be introducing myself to all of you and really honored to be part of this team – providing insights and sharing experiences about living a successful and meaning-filled life! I hope you will find my contributions informative, supportive and fun to read as we go on this journey together. If and when you have comments or questions, please know that I will be ready to engage and happy to chat!
My name is Lizabeth and I am an advocate. I support people with impulse control disorders, which is really to say that, when you are in my company you are safe to discuss the quirks and habits that you use to deal with stress and emotion. SOTGC is excellent about treating each of us with care and dignity – that is one of the reasons why I’m so happy to be asked to ‘join the family’. Here specifically, you can share the ‘nicks in your armor’ and be confident that you will not receive unsolicited advice, get judged or corrected or made to feel shame in any way. If you are in search of information and resources to help curb those behaviors or to adopt new coping skills, I’m happy to help, but if you simply want to say “You bet I’m Superwoman, but what people don’t know is that I do XXXXX when I’m stressed….”, you won’t get an earful of reasons why you need to change what you’re doing – not from me. You’re already grown up and you know what’s best for you so you don’t need me to yammer in your virtual ear about “should” or “best for you” – those are YOUR decisions.
What you WILL get is guidance if you want it, information about various stress relieving behaviors that are common to high achieving, type A personalities, insight about some of the reasons why we engage in these behaviors and a lot of great feedback from leaders in the clinical and research arenas of binge eating disorder (BED), Trichotillomania (TTM), body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB) and compulsive shopping, to name a few.
You will also learn that, as shame invoking and private as some of these behaviors are, they are common. If you participate in any of the above activities, you are not alone. Far from it.
So, like the spa or the salon, the information we share here is about support and empowerment and sisterhood. I will guide as best as I can, but I would also love to know your thoughts, ideas and areas of interest!
Because I’m asking you to trust me and to feel free to share, it’s only fair that I start so here is a little bit about me.
I live in DC with my husband and my German Shepherd, Noodle – both of whom have been through the highs and lows of my history with binge eating disorder (BED), drinking, sobriety, and hair pulling. I have many years of experience working in the non-profit sector and I decided a year ago to start my own advocacy and support website called BingeBehavior.com where I gather resources to support people who experience binge eating disorder and various body focused repetitive behaviors. In addition to supporting the behavioral experiences, I provide coordination services for online awareness campaigns such as Weight Stigma Awareness Week (#WSAW) for the Binge Eating Disorder Association and a successful campaign petitioning the White House to consider addressing weight stigma as part of the Let’s Move! program. My work in advocacy is strongly associated with ending the stigma that comes along with having disordered behavior so I am active in groups that develop policy to counter it.
So, cheers to starting a new relationship and soon to be a new year! I am looking forward to sharing information, ideas and most of all support with each of you!
Thank you for opening your eyeballs and email to ‘meet me’ today – Lizabeth