If I go through phases where I starve/restrict myself because I want attention or I want to be skinny for the negative attention? I used to harm myself for attention in the past, due to borderline personality disorder. I also have high functioning autism and OCD, and bipolar disorder.
I'm sorry you're going through all that. It is not enough to know about things that can “trigger” mental illness, such as sudden tragedy, severe sickness, loss of job, and similar things. For these to bring on mental illness there must first be underlying conditions that contribute to the loss of balance. A provision of God that can be used when caring for mentally disturbed persons is helping them to take in knowledge from the Bible. Examples show that mentally disturbed persons have been relieved of much tension and anguish, and at times have even been cured, by having their thinking adjusted through knowledge from God’s Word. Why so? Primarily because the Bible is a book that provides spiritual guidance and infuses hope in man. (Romans 15:4, 13) Hope is especially vital for depressed persons. And God’s spirit, along with a strong hope, can help a confused person to adjust his thoughts and resume wholesome ways.
Therefore, a regular Bible study has often proved to be beneficial. A mind that deviates from a normal way of thinking needs adjustment, as does a clock that keeps going too slow or too fast. The clock may still be useful if it is regularly set against a correct clock. By means of the Bible Jehovah God has provided man with a “correct clock,” a standard for right thinking. If a mentally disturbed person is regularly helped to make use of this fine provision, it brings comfort, faith and hope to that one’s troubled mind.