Does Your Loved One Need Help?
Being able to identify the symptoms of an eating disorder in a loved one is the first step to helping them begin their journey to recovery.
Women with eating disorders have unique biological, psychological and social needs. Often times, assisting them requires getting help. There may be multiple issues involved and a comprehensive residential and outpatient program is sometimes needed to address not only the eating disorder behavior but areas related to relationships, physical and mental health, work, children and parenting, self-esteem, trauma and more.
How to Help a Loved One Suffering from an Eating Disorder
Helping a loved one with an eating disorder can be painful but also extremely rewarding when the individual engages in a new life of recovery. Learning about eating disorders and recovery can be helpful for all involved in supporting a loved one in treatment. Offering your care, love and concern are crucial aspects of learning how to give appropriate and healthy support.
If you have a friend or family member that you want to help, suspect struggles with disordered eating or disordered exercise, and want to speak to them about seeking treatment, please call us.
Know that your talk with them may not seem to have an impact at the time of your talk…
Since many eating disorder behaviors are considered positive signs of discipline by individuals with them, they may disregard concern about them as threats to their hard earned efforts (to lose weight, omit food groups, over exercise, etc).
Other behaviors are highly secretive and shameful to individuals and require great sensitivity if brought up. It may be they deny having a problem, but another’s kindly spoken observations are helpful to break down denial and encourage seeking help.