Sarah Rav from Melbourne is only 22 years old, but she already has a lot of experience dealing with a complex illness.
The fact is that the girl really wanted to lose weight and became so consumed by the process that she exhausted herself and had psychological problems.
Today, we want to share Sarah’s story with you, perhaps it will help someone avoid serious mistakes in life.
The girl decided to get her body in shape, she strictly limited her food intake, consuming only 300 to 400 calories a day, and also ran for three hours.
“It wasn’t about losing weight or wanting to look a certain way. I wanted to be better,” admitted Rav.
Soon, her weight was only 30 kg, her hair started falling out, and her overall health deteriorated.
The professors at the medical institute where the young girl was studying began to notice that she was completely weakened and banned her from attending classes until she fully recovered.
She was advised to see a therapist and a psychologist. Sarah postponed going to the clinic until she became seriously ill and was hospitalized with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa.
After being examined by specialists, a treatment plan was prescribed for the young girl, and she was also forced to resume a complete and balanced diet.
“It’s hard for a person with a mental illness to admit that they are suffering from it,” lamented Rav.
Over the course of two years, Sarah managed to regain 19 kilograms. She started going to the gym and following a prescribed training program in order to gain muscle mass.
The student admitted that even though two years have passed, she still hasn’t fully recovered from the illness, and sometimes she is visited by “negative thoughts.” However, she is confidently building a new happy life.
“I have overcome anorexia, but I have patterns to forget, new behaviors to embody, and wounds to heal. It takes time.”
“But there is nothing wrong with me or who I am. I felt that something was wrong with me, but I was afraid to open up to my loved ones. You are not responsible for your depression, post-traumatic stress, and other mental disorders,” she concluded.