Impacts of an Eating Disorder: Carers, family and friends
As a family member, friend or carer of someone suffering from an eating disorder, you are not alone.
Eating disorders can have a huge impact on the lives of the people around the sufferer, which is why support, counselling, individual and family therapy is very important to help with some of the feelings and emotions that arise.
These can include;
Sense of loss
Confusion and hopelessness
If you are experiencing any of these or if you think someone that you know might be, please contact Rewrite Your Story today for help at email@example.com
Do’s and Don’ts
Our simple list of what you should do and what you shouldn’t do, may help you cope with the difficult situation you and your loved ones face.
Learn as much as you can about eating disorders
Get them and yourselves help
Be honest about your concerns
Be caring but firm
Try to make yourself available
Be honest about your own fears, struggles and frustrations
Express love and support
Be patient – recovery can be a very long process
Realise that whilst your loved one may need support but they have to want to recover for themselves
Place shame, blame or guilt
Let your fear of upsetting them stop you from speaking out about how you feel – communication is key
Be convinced by lies or excuses
Gossip about anything they share with you
Make promises or rules that you cannot keep
Give simple solutions to the complex problem
Ignore or avoid the problem
Forget to take care of yourself
To find out more about how to help your loved ones and yourself, download our Golden Guidelines.
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