Press "Enter" to skip to content

Local woman shares struggles, urges others to get help as COVID-19 causes spike in eating disorders

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As the stress and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic has put a pressure on psychological well being, a Las Vegas woman shared her struggles with eating disorders to help others cope. 

“It’s so easy to negotiate and talk yourself through,” Kortney Olson stated, recalling her thought course of. “Oh I am going to end this tomorrow?”

Olson has battled signs for years and COVID-19 has introduced on a completely new battle. 

“It just completely encompasses and takes over your entire train of thought,” she defined. “And your entire wellbeing.”

“From April to August was a really difficult time,” Olson added. “I could see myself becoming unhealthy in terms of my thought patterns, starting to get back into that old behavior.”

The National Eating Disorders Association reported round a 70% improve in requires help in 2020, as hundreds of thousands proceed to take care of stress and isolation. 

Local baby and grownup psychiatrist Dr. Timothy Jaider, M.D. stated for a lot of who’ve fallen again to previous patterns, it’s extra vital now than ever to ask for help. 

“There’s been an uptick in all mental health issues across the board when it comes to COVID,” Dr. Jaider stated. “And it seems to be getting worse the longer we are staying isolated.”

“Take time to take care of you,” he added. “That’s all I can say.”

Kortney Olson additionally needs anybody struggling with delicate and harmful disorders such as Anorexia or Bulimia to understand it’s okay to not be okay. 

“If you are struggling know that this too shall pass,” Olson concluded. “And nothing is permanent.”

Olson additionally stated working from residence with video conferencing also can contribute to points in the course of the pandemic, as many are compelled to stare at themselves on a display screen all day and obsess over physique picture. 

If you might be struggling, you possibly can name or textual content the National Eating Disorders Association Hotline at 1-800-931-2237. 

For extra data, CLICK HERE.