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When a loved one has an
eating disorder such as
binge eating and is in treatment, it is important that you show support.
You can show personal support by:
You can also help by:
Many people struggle with handling their feelings and interactions with
someone who has an eating disorder.
Counseling, such as family therapy, can help you learn ways to encourage
healthy eating behaviors in children and teens who have eating
can be a big help to everyone in your family, whether it means seeing a
counselor alone, as a couple, or as a family. Each family member may need
reassurance or counseling at different times during the course of the illness.
A type of family therapy called Maudsley Family Therapy (or Maudsley Method, or Maudsley Approach) has been shown to be effective in treating children and adolescents who have anorexia.
Eating disorders happen for many different reasons. Many people who have an eating disorder come from families in which
other members have eating disorders or have other conditions such as
depression. This doesn't mean that a family member caused the disorder. It
simply means that these conditions seem more likely to happen in that family.
You can avoid guilt and self-blame by using the following
Current as of:
August 27, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & W. Stewart Agras, MD, FRCPC - Psychiatry
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