Anorexia support for parents is difficult to find. If you're a parent who needs eating disorder support or anorexia information, you've come to the right place! With all the information about eating disorders that's available on the internet these days, surprisingly very little of it is geared specifically to friends and families of those who are suffering. I hope I can change that :)
The whole point about anorexia recovery is not just to make the patient well, but also to help the family and friends understand the mindset and difficulties that their loved one is facing.
When I was first given an anorexia diagnosis, the initial reaction from friends and family was that they weren't too surprised. Suddenly, certain behaviors that they had observed through the years made sense.
Once reality set in, then it hit them like a ton of bricks.
None of my friends or family knew anything about how to help with anorexia - other than the stereotypical information that's often seen or heard in the media. (And that's really not the best information to have). Getting access to anorexia support for parents, friends and family was not an easy task.
Questions flooded their minds - "Is this our fault?" - "What did we do to cause this?" - "How do we help her?" - "How do we talk to her?" - "How can we get her to eat?" ... I'm sure it was instant panic.
For the sake of the entire family (extended family as well), it's imperative that you surround yourself with as much information as possible - including getting involved in some kind of eating disorder support group.
One of the key ingredients in anorexia support for parents is the willingness to learn some basic anorexia facts. Read as much information as you can, talk to as many survivors and other parents as you can.
Sometimes we say things with good intentions, but unless you have a solid understanding of the eating disorder mind (and most of us don't), you could innocently make a comment that will do more harm than good.
If someone is on the road to recovery, it's tempting to want to compliment or encourage them along the way. Be careful with this! Comments that include any reference to weight - no matter how complimentary - are likely going to set them back.
If your goal is to plan some kind of anorexia intervention, it's probably because your loved one has denied that they have any kind of an eating problem. It's also likely that their health is in immediate danger.
Often families undertake this task on their own without the help of an interventionist or other therapist.
There are a number of anorexia resources that could be helpful to parents, friends, other family members and sufferers alike. Sharing stories with others in the various anorexia forums can also be encouraging.
Sometimes those who are doing well on their journey through recovery have unique insights and advice for those who are just beginning, or thinking about entering treatment.
Anorexia movies or documentaries can be both a blessing and a curse. They usually provide lots of helpful information, but they might also be extremely triggering to your loved one.
Some shows tend to glamorize eating disorders, but even those that are more medical in nature can have a profound effect if the disordered eater is watching.
Check out the different types of eating disorder books that are on the market. My personal favorites are the autobiographies, simply because the accounts are (obviously) very personal and there's less jargon, but there are others that you may find just as helpful.
Take this opportunity to gain all the knowledge you can about the suffere's inner world. The information you gather is one of the most important suggestions that anorexia support for parents can provide. It will prove invaluable in everyday conversations with your loved one.
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